Photo caption: Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam announce the new route to Addis Ababa
Manchester Airport has secured a landmark route into the heart of Africa, which bosses say underlines its pivotal role in connecting the north of England to the world’s most important markets.
Ethiopian Airlines confirmed today (14th May 2018) that it will operate a four-times-a-week service to Addis Ababa, the east African nation’s capital city.
The route will also unlock connections to more than 58 countries across the African continent.
Ethiopian, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate the ultramodern Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route with business and economy classes.
It will serve as a key trade route for businesses, opening up export opportunities and delivering cost and journey time savings.
Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said: “The introduction of this route underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting the people and businesses of the North to the world’s most important markets.
“While we have served a number of African holiday destinations for many years, this service will provide vital connectivity to one of the continent’s most important hub airports.
“That will unlock dozens more destinations across Africa through Ethiopian Airlines’ unrivalled network, meaning the North will be better connected to this part of the world than ever before.”
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said: “We are elated to start services to Manchester, our second destination in the UK next to London Heathrow which we have been serving since 1973.”
He added: “The socio-economic implication of the new flight is immense.
“With vast investment and trade potentials between Africa and the UK, the upcoming flight holds the promise of boosting trade, investment and tourism with ample business opportunities for investors and business people from both regions.”
Ethiopia is Africa’s second largest country by population, with its hub airport perfectly placed to provide onward connectivity, particularly to sub-Saharan countries.
The new route is set to benefit 400,000 people in Manchester Airport’s catchment area, who currently travel to Addis Ababa and other key cities across Africa via other means.
Flights begin on 1st December and return economy fares start from £499, with business class at £1,999.