Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand operations in India

Betting big on India's booming aviation market which has outperformed the US and China in terms of domestic passengers traffic growth, Africa's leading carrier Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand its operations in India with new flights and aircraft upgrade. The pan-African flag carrier currently operates a daily double service to New Delhi and Mumbai from capital city Addis Ababa. It also operates freighter services to Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. We are looking forward to launch flight operations to Chennai from Ethiopia. We are keenly looking at (flying) passengers from Chennai," Gebremariam said without specifying a timeline for commencement of the proposed new fight. Ethiopian Airlines is already operating 14 flights per week to Delhi and Mumbai each, he added. According to the International Air Transport Association, air traffic in India grew by 19.4 per cent between January and June last year, the highest amongst top seven domestic airline markets in the world, outstripping China that grew 12.3 per cent and the US 3.7 per cent in the same period. Globally, Ethiopian Airline operates to 111 destinations including 91 international with a fleet of 68 Boeing aircraft, making it one of the largest and only profitable African carrier. Courtesy: The Economic Times

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