Ethiopian Airlines takes back to the skies

22 Jun 2020

As country and travel restrictions begin to ease, Ethiopian Airlines are resuming operations on many of their routes for business and leisure travel.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Airline was the go-to airline for essential travel, repatriation flights and airlift of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) across the world.

“Ethiopian is proud to be there when the world needed it most – repatriating citizens, reuniting families, facilitating essential travel and transporting much needed medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health professionals and the general public under very difficult and challenging circumstances. We are proud to be an integral part of the fight against COVID-19. Now we want to play a leading role in the new-normal,” said Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

From Heathrow a daily non-stop evening departure to Addis Ababa is operating and from 2nd July, the 3-times weekly Manchester–Addis service resumes.

The Dublin service will resume at a later date and until then, passengers are advised to travel via London Heathrow.

Passenger Health and Safety

The airline has taken protective measures in line with CDC, IATA, ICAO and WHO guidelines.  “Customers and staff can rest assured that their safety and health are well looked after when flying with us,” Gebremariam said.

International and domestic passengers are required to wear facemasks at arrival and departing airports, except for children under the age of 2, during check-in, boarding, and while onboard.

All customer-facing staff will also wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), including ticket office, airport and lounge staff, and cabin crew.

The onboard service has also been redesigned to minimize contact while maintaining their signature Ethiopian hospitality.

The crew are also trained to handle flight operations in a COVID-19 travel world.

Ethiopian Airlines named largest carrier in Africa

Africa Logistics ranked Ethiopian Airlines as the largest carrier in Africa in terms of the number of passengers it carries, destinations it serves, fleet size, and revenue.

Ethiopian has also been ranked the world’s fourth-largest airline by the number of countries served.

The Airline carried more than 13.3 million passengers in the 12 months to the end of May 2019, a rise of 11.6% compared to the previous year.

Started in 1945, the airline flies to 100 international destinations, and 21 domestic routes across the continent, and also has an air freight service.

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