Aviation news update – Addis flights stay suspended over ash cloud worries


As the ashcloud is very slowly moving across the Eritrean and Ethiopian airspaces have airlines in Entebbe announced the temporary suspension of flights to and via Addis Ababa as a safety measure, while awaiting the cloud to gradually lose its intensity and eventually disappear.

Emirates, operating daily flights between Dubai and Entebbe via Addis Ababa, have for the time being taken the Addis Ababa stop off the schedule, while Ethiopian Airlines too have suspended their Entebbe – Addis services, which on most days used to operate double daily.

Kenya Airways has also announced that their flights from Entebbe via Nairobi to Entebbe are suspended until such time that the volcanic ash cloud has cleared and flights are no longer having safety risks to consider. Most European airlines flying to Eastern Africa are currently using a different flight path avoiding the Ethiopian airspace and airspaces into which the ash cloud might have drifted and have reported no interruption to their services.

Watch this space for coming updates when the all clear is announced in a few days.