Ethiopian strategic partner, ASKY Airlines, has finalized preparations to resume services to and from the West African cities of Monrovia, Freetown and Banjul effective November 1, 2017. In addition to providing essential inter-Africa connectivity, the new routes also provide connectivity to many of Ethiopian Airline’s international flights including its services from/to London Heathrow with connections via Accra.
“Air connectivity is a vital component and key driver of economic development. As an indigenous African Airline, we have always been committed to connect African states together and with the rest of the world through an efficient and seamless network. In line with our multi-hub strategy in Africa: one brand with multiple products, we are proud of the successful partnership with ASKY and we have been serving the needs of passengers travelling within, to and from West and Central Africa through our Lomé hub,” Mr Tewolde, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said.
Mr GebreMariam also said that the addition of Free Town, Monrovia and Banjul in the vast intra African network would allow travellers from these cities to seamlessly connect to more than 100 international destinations via an Ethiopian global network in five continents, adding that in addition to these cities, Accra will be able to connect to Ethiopian flights to Newark in Lomé, giving Ghanaian travellers convenient connectivity to the New York tri-State area.
ASKY Airlines CEO, Mr. Ahadu Simachew, remarked: “Resuming our flights to these West African cities will surely increase our presence in the region. Our passengers will now enjoy new direct flights between: Cotonou – Niamey, Accra – Monrovia, Accra – Freetown, Freetown – Banjul, Douala – Libreville. Above all, the strategic partnership with ASKY has played significant role in enhancing regional cooperation, commerce and people to people ties.”
Ethiopian also operates at its third hub Lilongwe, Malawi with an equity partnership and a technical and management contract with Malawian. Similar strategic partnerships, with a view to form regional hubs and support national carriers, are in the pipeline in many African countries.
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