17 DECEMBER 2018
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A landmark route into the heart of Africa took off from Manchester last week with officials hailing the event as underlining the pivotal role of the city’s airport in connecting the North of England to the world’s most important markets.
Ethiopian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Addis Ababa, unlocking more than 60 connections in Africa, came ahead of a four-times-weekly service set to benefit 400,000 people who currently access the continent via other means.
A celebration to mark the first flight was attended by hundreds of guests including the government’s trade envoy to Ethiopia, Jeremy Lefroy, who praised Ethiopia as “a key partner as we look to expand our trading relationship with Africa”.
He added: “This new flight route from Ethiopian Airlines will allow UK companies to build strong ties with their Ethiopian counterparts, increasing the accessibility and affordability of doing business for businesses in both countries.
Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, is operating its Boeing B-787 Dreamliner on the route with Business and Economy classes. Flights are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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