Ethiopian Airlines is to start operating Manchester-Addis Ababa flights, unlocking 58 countries across the African continent

By Stuart Greer (Manchester Evening News) |

MANCHESTER, U.K.―Business leaders have hailed the ‘immense’ potential of Manchester Airport’s first ever service to Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines is to start operating a four-times-a-week service to Addis Ababa, the capital of the East African nation.

The flights – the first to the country departing from outside London – will start on December 1.

The route will unlock connections to 58 countries across the African continent.

Bosses say it will benefit 400,000 people in the airport’s catchment area who currently travel to Addis Ababa and other key African cities via other airports.

Providing a key business link, the launch will also bolster the airport’s pivotal place as the key hub connecting the north to the world.

Ethiopian, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate the B-787 on the route with business and economy classes.

Airport bosses say it will serve as a key trade route for northern businesses, opening up fresh export opportunities and delivering cost and journey time savings to those already operating there.

Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport CEO, said the Manchester-Addis Ababa route underlines the ‘critical role’ Manchester Airport plays in connecting people and businesses of the north.

He added: “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’ unrivaled network, meaning the North will be better connected to this part of the world than ever before.”

Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, described his elation at starting flights to Manchester.

He said passengers would be able to travel on to 58 African destinations on aircraft including the B-787 and A350.

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.”

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