17 FEBRUARY 2020
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Saying it with flowers last week just in time for St Valentine’s Day, Ethiopian Airlines marked its one-year anniversary of flights from Manchester by donating Ethiopian rose bushes and blooms to three iconic gardens across the North of England.
Yorkshire, Manchester and the North East produced the most passengers for the airline since it launched flights from Manchester last December, with more than 17,000 taking off to Ethiopia or other African destinations.
To celebrate the rise in flights from the North to Africa, Ethiopian Airlines donated a rose bush and bouquet of Ethiopian roses to Tatton Park in Cheshire, Newby Hall & Gardens near Leeds and Renishaw Hall in Sheffield.
Roses are the biggest export on the Manchester flights, bringing in more than 26 tonnes each month. Other key cargo includes machinery and garments as the flights have opened up a host of trade and economic benefits to the region.
The floral mementoes were handed over at the chosen sites by Ethiopian Airlines traffic and sales manager Timothy Bettney.
UK country manager Michael Yohannes said: “We couldn’t think of a better way to be celebrating our first anniversary at Manchester Airport than bringing a touch of Ethiopia to the North.”
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