Press Release


Effective 12 November 2008, Ethiopian Airlines will introduce nonstop service from Addis Ababa to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. This flight will be Abuja’s first direct link to East Africa. “Our new service to Abuja is part of our strategy of expanding to more stations in Africa, particularly West Africa” said Mr. Busera Awel, Vice President of Ethiopian Airlines. “We have a dedicated client base in Nigeria, and by offering new service we are giving our passengers more options complimenting our Lagos service with three weekly flights to Abuja.” added Mr. Busera Awel.

Abuja is not only the capital of Africa’s largest country but is an important business and diplomatic hub for the continent. Abuja is the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Regional Headquarters of OPEC.

Ethiopian will operate flights to/from Abuja per the schedule below:

Flight Depart Arrive Effective Days
ET927 01:45 from
Addis Ababa
04:15 at Abuja 12 Nov 08 Mon/Wed/Fri
ET916 23:20 from Abuja 06:00 at
Addis Ababa
13 Nov 08 Tue/Thu/Sun

The new flights will offer direct connections via Addis Ababa to Dubai as well as the major capitals of East, Central and Southern Africa, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Lusaka and Lilongwe.

Africa is Ethiopian Airlines’ first world and the airline has worked tirelessly connecting African people since its maiden flight to Cairo, Egypt on April 8, 1946. Ethiopian has steadily grown to become a reputable African airline with wide coverage of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA. Right from the beginning Ethiopian Airlines has been pursuing its goal of bringing Africa together and closer to the rest of world. Today it is operating the largest network in the African continent with extended services both in passengers and cargo. Ethiopian Airlines continuously strives to live up to its motto of THE NEW SPIRIT OF AFRICA.

About Ethiopian

In August 2008 Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace and continued contribution towards the growth of African aviation industry.

In addition, Ethiopian is the first African carrier to win the Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations which have been manifested through the development of new routes, new products and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian also scooped the 2008 Best Airline in Africa Award at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines, www.ethiopianairlines.com, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of new flight services to Ouagadougou, Lubumbashi, and Abuja Ethiopian provides seamless services to 33 cities in Africa and to a total of 53 international destinations spread around the globe.


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