21 MAY 2018
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A landmark route into the heart of Africa with Ethiopian Airlines operating four times a week to Addis Ababa has been secured by Manchester Airport, in a move airport CEO Andrew Cowan said underlined its pivotal role in connecting the North to world markets.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam supported the claim, saying the route would unlock connections to more than 58 countries across Africa with Ethiopian flying to more destinations on the continent than any other carrier.
The airline will operate the ultra-modern Boeing B-787 Dreamliner on the route, which starts on 1 December and will transit initially in Brussels, offering Business Class and Economy Class.
Cowan said the route would 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.
Gebremariam added: “With vast investment and trade potentials between Africa and the UK, the service promises to boost trade and investment with ample business opportunities for investors and business people from both regions.”
The new service has already been welcomed by Northern businesses and organisations, who point out it will save travel time and unlock vital economic, trade and investment opportunities.
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