Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa to Manchester (via Brussels)
Pictured on the Ethiopian Airlines 787-8 parked at Manchester on 11 December are: Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines; Tricia Williams, COO, Manchester Airport; and Jeremy Lefroy, British MP and Trade Envoy. To mark the first flight from Addis Ababa, the UK airport baked this Africa and airline-themed cake to welcome its newest carrier.
- Ethiopian Airlines launched flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Manchester (MAN) and Moscow Domodedovo (DME) this week, with the Russian capital returning to the airline’s network after a 27-year hiatus. Flights on the 6,140-kilometre sector to the UK city, launched 11 December, will operate via the airline’s existing Brussels service, while the 5,161-kilometre route to Domodedovo Airport, commenced 17 December, will operate non-stop, with both airports being served by the airline’s fleet of 787-8s based on OAG schedules. Neither airport pair will face direct competition, while it should be noted that the carrier does not have traffic rights to carry passengers between Brussels and Manchester. Along with these two new European services, the Star Alliance carrier this week also commenced operations from Lome (LFW) in Togo to Los Angeles (LAX), with the African city replacing Dublin as the stop-off point between Addis Ababa and the Californian city. Flights on the latter 12,266-kilometre sector launched 17 December, with the airline having traffic rights to sell tickets between Lome and Los Angeles based on its booking engine. There will be three weekly flights on the latter sector, and there is no direct competition.