IMPROVED AIRPORT TECHNOLOGIES HELP ETHIOPIAN TO BETTER UTILISE THEIR FLEET
(Posted 12th October 2017)
Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet utilisation will be given a boost after the airline announced night flights to two more airports, Axum and Gondar, after the technical facilities were completed vis a vis runway lighting and approach lights.
This brings the overall number of Ethiopian airports capable to receive flights after dark to six – including Addis Ababa – with others being Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa and Mekelle.
Ethiopian Airlines operates the largest domestic network in Africa with 20 destinations across the country being served, mostly by their fleet of Bombardier Q400’s.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, said when making the announcement: ‘The high and sustained economic growth Ethiopia is registering is spurring an unprecedented increase in international and domestic travel to the country. As the national carrier, it is our duty to support the country’s development by availing essential and convenient air connectivity to the four corners of Ethiopia. With a view to meet this growing travel need, we are continually upgrading the domestic airport infrastructure, expanding our domestic network which now covers 20 points in all the regional states of the country, and increasing frequencies to domestic destinations. The new night services to Axum and Gondar will provide more convenient and flexible options to our esteemed customers, whether they are traveling for business or leisure, by increasing connectivity between the two regional cities; by availing more convenient flight options from and to these two cities, making it possible to travel in the morning and return to the city of origin within the same day; and by enabling increased tourism flow into these two historical cities‘.
The daily flights are routing from Addis Ababa via Axum to Gondar and then return to Addis Ababa