Ethiopian Airlines commences service to third US destination
Ethiopian Airlines commenced flights to its third US destination on 3 July. The Star Alliance member inaugurated service on its Addis Ababa (ADD) – Lomé (LFW) – New York Newark (EWR) route, an operation which will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) on the carrier’s 787-8s. This route launch ends a 12-year hiatus for Ethiopian Airlines at Newark, with the carrier having served the New Jersey airport until 2004. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said of the launch: “We are thrilled to resume our service to New York, our fifth gateway in the Americas. New York is one of the world’s most economically powerful cities and including it in our ever expanding network will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism and investment between the fast growing continent of Africa and the US. I would like to thank all who strived hard to make the route possible.” No other carrier operates between Addis Ababa and New York or Lomé and New York. As well as New York, the airline also serves Los Angeles and Washington Dulles in the US, both of which operate via Dublin. It should be noted that flights from Dulles back to Addis Ababa are operated directly. In relation to the Americas, Ethiopian also serves Toronto Pearson (outbound via Dublin) and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (via Lomé).