by Mark Finlay
August 11, 2020
Ethiopian Airlines has informed the United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana, that it is laying on a special commercial flight from Ghana to Ethiopia. The flight, scheduled for Thursday, August 13, will depart from Kotoka International Airport (ACC) for Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD). Once in Addis Ababa, United States citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) will be able to connect to flights to the United States.
There are no quarantine requirements for transit passengers connecting through Addis Ababa at present. Before making a booking, passengers must speak with Ethiopian Airlines about their onward travel to the USA as seats may be limited.
The United States Embassy in Ghana was eager to point out in its press release that in no way was it involved in the select flight, saying,
“This is not a U.S. Government-chartered or -funded flight. The embassy is neither arranging nor purchasing tickets for private U.S. citizens or LPRs and takes no responsibility for the ticketing process. Interested individuals should contact Ethiopian Airlines directly to obtain additional information.”
On a previous Ethiopian Airlines flight from Kotoka International Airport direct to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), the economy class fare was priced $1,350 and business $2,840. While this could serve as a measure of the potential prices of these services, the exact costs are yet to be revealed by the airline.
For further information about this and other Ethiopian Airlines flights, passengers are advised to contact Ethiopian Airlines at:
Ethiopian Airlines City Ticket Office, Cocoa House Ground Floor, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Accra, Ghana. Tel: +233 24 242 6303 and +233 30 266 4856/7/8
Contact the US Embassy if assistance is needed
For those in Ghana that require American consular assistance, they can contact the US Embassy at the address below:
US Embassy Accra, Ghana. Tel: +(233) 30-27-41-000 24/7 for a recorded message. No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra.
About Ethiopian Airlines
Despite being the most extensive and best-run airline in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines has been severely hit by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Before the crisis erupted and governments started imposing quarantines, Ethiopian Airlines offered more than 350 flights per day to more than 100 destinations.
Wasting no time in seizing the moment, Ethiopian was quick to increase cargo operations by mainly transporting medical and PPE supplies. Once the slowdown in passenger traffic arrived, Ethiopian told both Boeing and Airbus that it was suspending talks on replacing some of its older aircraft.
What sets Ethiopian apart from other airlines is that they have a diverse network and a fleet of modern aircraft. With little to no competition on many of its routes, analysts predict that Ethiopian will be quick to recover.
Currently according to aviation website Planespotters.net Ethiopian Airlines has a fleet of 122 aircraft comprised of the following:
- 14 Airbus A350-900s
- 7 Boeing 737-700s
- 20 Boeing 737-800s
- 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8s
- 4 Boeing 767-300s
- 6 Boeing 777-200s
- 4 Boeing 777-300s
- 9 Boeing 777Fs
- 19 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners
- 8 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
- 27 De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400s
It is interesting to see that Ethiopian Airlines has found a niche in the repatriation market out of Africa.
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