Bengaluru, April 12: Ethiopian Airlines India and Sub-continent’s Regional Director, Tigist Eshetu on Tuesday said that the airline is mulling to start its operations from Chennai in July.
Ms Eshetu told reporters that the airline was in its expansion mode and aims to increase its operations across the country. “Already our flights operate directly from Delhi and Mumbai on a daily basis, while it is thrice weekly from Bengaluru,” she explained.
She added that the airline has resumed its passenger flights operation to Addis Ababa from Bengaluru from March 27 onwards.
The regional director added that the Ethiopian Airlines being the largest aviation group in Africa, had to halt its operations for nearly two years due to the pandemic after it operated its first flight services to Bengaluru in October 2019.
She added that the non-stop service between Bengaluru and Addis Ababa would cut the travel time to reach the African continent by 50 per cent as from Bengaluru direct flight will reach in six hours, whereas, under present circumstances, the same traveller would have to spend nearly 10 to 12 hours finding connecting flights.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Mesfin Tasew remarked, “We are glad to have resumed flights to the commercial capital of India and we will be committed in serving our customers with our high quality services. Ethiopian Airlines is a significant player in connecting India and Africa and beyond.”
He added that the addition of Bengaluru to the Airlines network was vital in meeting the demands of the fast-growing air travellers between India and Africa.
He claimed that the resumption of flights connects Bengaluru to the ever-expanding Ethiopian network in addition to our flights to the Capital, New Delhi, and Mumbai. “The flights will also complement our existing freighter and passenger flight services to other key destinations in India,” he said.
STIC Travels Group’s Group Business Development director, Anju Wariah said that the increasing flight frequencies and number of gateways in India will facilitate trade, investment and tourism to/from the Indian sub-continent. “The flights to Bengaluru connect passengers through the airlines global hub in Addis Ababa with short connections and provide the fastest and the shortest connections between Bengaluru in southern India and more than 60 destinations in Africa,” she added.
She said that in its seventy-five years of operation, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. “The Ethiopian Airlines commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Currently, Ethiopian operates passenger flights to Mumbai and Delhi as well as cargo service to Benglauru, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi,” she explained.