Ethiopian Airlines marks first anniversary with gift of roses to the North

14 Feb 2020

Ethiopian Airlines marked its first anniversary of direct flights from Manchester Airport to Addis Ababa by donating rose bushes and bouquets featuring Ethiopia’s famous flowers, to Tatton Park in Knutsford, Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham and other locations across the North of England including Newby Hall and Gardens near Leeds and Renishaw Hall in Sheffield.

Ethiopian Airlines Traffic and Sales Manager at Manchester, Timothy Bettney, right, and Tatton Park’s head gardener, Simon Tetlow

The North-East is one of the top five regions to fly with the airline from Manchester this year since it launched flights from the Northern hub in December 2018.

The airline has flown more than 17,000 customers from Manchester Airport’s Terminal Two since the launch and has helped contribute to the boost in tourism, not only to Ethiopia but to other countries in Africa, with its popular onward connections.

Roses are the biggest export on the airline’s flights to Manchester, bringing in over 26 tonnes each month. Other key cargo includes machinery and garments.

Michael Yohannes, the Airline’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our first anniversary at Manchester Airport, and we could not think of a better way than bringing a touch of Ethiopia to the region. We are proud to have flown thousands of customers from Manchester and beyond to Ethiopia, and some of the other wonderful countries in Africa. The rose bush donation is a symbol of the growth of the airline across Manchester and the wider region.”

Carole Hyde, Business Development Manager at Tatton Park, said: “Thank you to Ethiopian Airlines for selecting us as one of the gardens to be involved in this campaign to celebrate Ethiopia’s top export, fresh-cut roses. We are only a short hop from Manchester Airport so we are thrilled to welcome this new addition to our beautiful rose garden, and look forward to the connections between these two destinations blooming and blossoming further.”

Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, uses the ultramodern B-787 Dreamliner on the route with business and economy classes. The service to Addis Ababa operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

…non-stop Manchester-Addis Ababa route from July

Ethiopian Airlines will make its Manchester-Addis Ababa route, which currently transits in Brussels, a non-stop service from July. Further details will be provided in our next issue!

…Ethiopian Airline’s Skylight Hotel receives 5* rating

The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel has been awarded five-star rating by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The $65 million Hotel, which opened its doors last year, offers much needed 5-star accommodation in Ethiopia’s fast-growing capital city, Addis Ababa.

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport, its unique aircraft-shape design provides 373 guest rooms and spacious executive suites, 4 restaurants including the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa, 2 bars, a swimming pool, gym, health centre, café and gift shops.

The hotel also has 5 meeting rooms and a huge conference hall offering Addis a convenient location for global and regional conferences and events.

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