Thursday, March 21, 2013
Ethiopian Airlines Announces Major Expansion in East Asia
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, announced an expansion of its Asian network, adding three new destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, as of June 18, 2013.
In addition, flights from Addis Ababa to Hong Kong will no longer need to stop in Bangkok; Hong Kong will now be served via daily non-stop service from Addis Ababa instead of the current four-times-a-week flights routed through Bangkok. Also effective June 18, the daily Bangkok services will extend to Kuala Lumpur and to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur service will increase from three to four weekly flights. Three of the daily flights to Bangkok will extend to Ho Chi Minh using a 246-seat 767-300ER aircraft.
“We are proud to add Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Seoul to Ethiopian Airlines’ wide-reaching route network. The expansion to these three new gateways is a continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world, by adding multiple points in Asia and serving the air connectivity needs of the continent,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
The move will give the airline two gateways in Asia: Bangkok will serve mainland Southeast Asia and Hong Kong will serve East Asian cities.