Ethiopian Airlines commenced flights from Addis Ababa to Barcelona on 1 July, a city pairing that will be operated via the carrier’s existing Madrid service. To mark the start of flights to the Star Alliance member’s second Spanish destination, a cake was made, with Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, taking centre stage.
- Ethiopian Airlines continued its long-haul expansion on 1 July, launching a four times weekly service from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Barcelona (BCN), a 5,082-kilometre sector that the airline will operate via its existing Madrid service. The Star Alliance member will fly to Barcelona using its fleet of 787-8s, with the carrier not having traffic rights between Spain’s two largest cities when referencing its booking engine. Based on statistics from Aena, Ethiopian Airlines carried 26,402 passengers from Madrid in 2017, a 4.5% increase when compared to the total it flew from the Spanish capital in 2016. This is the second long-haul service that the African hub carrier has launched during the past few weeks, having begun flights to Chicago O’Hare in mid-June. The airline’s next route launch will take place on 17 July, the day in which the Star carrier is planning to begin flights to Jakarta, a 787-8-operated service that will be flown via the airline’s existing route to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. See how Barcelona Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.