MICHAEL JONGA/ Aviation News
Ethiopian Airlines (EA) launched a new passenger route to Washington DC via Lomé, Togo, upping the airline’s current frequency to the destination, to 10 weekly flights.
Prior to the launch of new services, EA operated seven weekly flights to Washington DC via Dublin.
EA will service the new route with its Boeing 787-800 fleet on three-weekly passenger flights according to a statement released by the airline.
The airlines services to Washington DC via Lomé, Togo commenced on June 1, 2022.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew commented on the launch of the new service to Washington DC and the growing demand between Africa and the United States.
“We are very pleased to launch a new passenger service connecting Lomé with Washington DC,” said Tasew in the statement. “The U.S. is one of our most important markets due to the presence of a large African community and the growing business and tourism ties with Africa,.” Tasew added: “The new flight further enhances the air connectivity between Africa and the U.S. and helps in fostering the economic, trade, tourism and diplomatic ties between the two regions. Going forward, we will continue to tap into opportunities for growing our services to more destinations in the U.S.”
In addition to the airline’s services to Washington DC, Ethiopian Airlines’ passenger services to the United States includes flights to Chicago and two airports in New York.
New route to India
Ethiopian Airlines has also been increasing its services to destinations East of its hub in Addis Ababa.
On May 30, 2022, the airline group announced the launch of its passenger services to Chennai, India, operated by its Boeing 737-8 aircraft from July 2, 2022. The new route will be the airlines fourth destination in India after New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The airline resumed services to Bengalura on March 27, 2022.
“We have been connecting Asia and Africa for 55 years now facilitating trade between the two continents,” Tasew commented. “The addition of Chennai as a fourth passenger destination in India is a testimony of our resilience and unwavering commitment to serve our customers in India and the continent at large. We will continue to serve India with enhanced frequency and more destinations in the future.”