Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand operations in India
aTP- Arab tourism portal- Addis Ababa, Betting big on India’s booming aviation market which has outperformed the US and China in terms of domestic passenger traffic growth, Africa’s leading carrier Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand its operations in India with new flights and aircraft upgrade.
The Pan-African flag carrier currently operates a daily double service to New Delhi and Mumbai from the capital city Addis Ababa.
It also operates freighter services to Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai.The airline is currently in talks with the Indian civil aviation authorities including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in this regard, Ethiopian Airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said in Addis Ababa.“We are looking forward to launching flight operations to Chennai from Ethiopia.
We are keenly looking at [flying] passengers from Chennai,” Gebremariam said without specifying a timeline for commencement of the proposed new fight.Ethiopian Airlines is already operating 14 flights per week to Delhi and Mumbai each, he added.
India and Ethiopia signed a pact last year, allowing the carriers of two sides to scale up weekly flight entitlements to 28 from 21.Under the pact, Ethiopia was also allowed to exchange Bengaluru for Kolkata as a point of call.
Three additional domestic code share points exclusively to code share with Air India were also granted for Jaipur, Kolkata and Pune.th Air India and Ethiopia are part of the 27-member international airline’s club, Star Alliance and have code-share pact as well.