Ethiopian airlines plans to open up 3 new Chinese destinations

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An Ethiopian Airlines plane waits to take off from the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
An Ethiopian Airlines plane waits to take off from the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia’s flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is planning to open flights to three new Chinese destinations, an Ethiopian official said on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to China’s Xinhua News Agency, Dawit Temsgen, Communications Expert at ET, said Ethiopian Airlines is interested in opening up new routes to the Chinese cities of Chongqing, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou.

“ET is interested in expanding its network to Chongqing, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou and has requested permit to launch flights.”

“Ethiopian and the Chinese government are working in collaboration to expedite the approval process and ET will start operation right away once it secures the permit,” Temsgen told Xinhua.

Temsgen further said ET plans to expand its current operations to China by increasing its flight frequencies to popular destinations such as Guangzhou to twice daily.

ET currently operates daily passenger flights from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou and Beijing, and three-times-a-week passenger flights to Chengdu, as well as daily passenger and cargo flights to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Shanghai. ET was among the first African airlines to start flight services to China.

Recently, Ethiopian Airlines has unveiled a series of measures to boost its presence in the Chinese market, which is already ET’s single largest air market.

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