TRAVEL GAZETTE – The Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and most profitable airlines in Africa, on Wednesday started new services to Durban, the 3rd destination in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The Ethiopian Airlines will fly thrice a week to Durban, the third largest metropolitan city and the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa.
Durban is also one of the main tourism destinations in Africa because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches
A statement from the airline quoted Tewolde Gebre-Mariam, CEO of the
Ethiopian Group, as saying, “As pan-African airline working to bring Africa together and closer to the entire world, we are bullish on the prospects of continuous expansion of our reach in our home market Africa and beyond.”
“With continuous service to South Africa for over 22 years, this new and additional service will give passengers additional choice and flexibility by offering seamless and convenient connections through our main hub in Addis to more than 90 destinations in five continents,” said the CEO.
The launch of Ethiopian’s service to Durban will raise the number of the airliner’s international destination to 92nd and its Africa destination to 53rd.
Speaking at the ceremony organized later Tuesday in Addis Ababa, capital of the East African country, Bussera Awel, Chief Commercial Officer of the Ethiopian Airlines, recalled that the Ethiopian Airlines had services to Durban, which had continued until 1998.
“I have to say that we are reinstating Durban; we are not starting. We started
Durban back in 1994, (if I am not mistaken) November 22, and we continued up to 1998,” noted Bussera.
He noted that the airline has been connecting Africa in the last seven decades.
“We are African career; and that’s why we have so many destinations in Africa.
We connect Africa; and we have been doing that for the last seven decades, together with the OAU (Organization for African Unity), now with AU (African Union).
Durban is now our 92nd destination international, and 53rd destination in Africa, and the 3rd destination in South Africa,” said the Chief Commercial Officer.
Speaking at the ceremony in Addis Ababa, Francisca Shabalala, Deputy Mayor of Durban, appreciated the contribution of Ethiopian to transport networking within the African continent as it helps countries on the continent do businesses.
She noted that the launch of flights to Durban would also bring more benefits.
“The Ethiopian airline is one of the busiest, and the biggest and also it has a lot of connections in term s of other countries that are taking this airline to connect to other parts of the world. To us, as the city of Durban, we believe, we are still going to benefit more,” said the Deputy Mayor. Enditem