Ethiopian Airlines is eager to add 3-5 locations in India because it eyes higher traffic from BRICS nations. BRICS refers to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines, the biggest provider in Africa, is allowed to function 35 flights per week to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai.
The airline is beginning thrice weekly flights to Chennai from July 2 and can deploy Boeing 787 plane on its 4 weekly Addis Ababa-Bengaluru flights. Similarly, Mumbai and Delhi can have two each day flights from mid-June, up from the present single each day operation.
Ethiopian Airlines would love to add 3-5 locations in India and enhance the variety of flights, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer Lemma Yadecha mentioned on Thursday. “Discussions are ongoing between the civil aviation authorities of Ethiopia and India in that regard,” he added.
Ethiopian Airlines started its flights to Delhi in 1966, whereas flights to Mumbai began in 1971.
Around 65-70 per cent of passengers from India journey onward from Addis Ababa to different locations inside Africa.
“BRICS nations are our focus markets. With our geographical benefit we’re carrying a lot of passengers and cargo between India and South Africa/Brazil and likewise between China and Latin America. We are additionally carrying traffic from Russia to Africa. Traffic from Russia has not decreased regardless of the conflict,” Yadecha mentioned.
At current Air India is the one Indian provider which flies to Africa. Air India flies from Delhi and Mumbai to Nairobi in Kenya.