The US is one of the largest travel markets to
Africa, with increased connectivity boding well for both the traveller and the
Ethiopian Airlines announced in statement it would
be launching a thrice-weekly flight to John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York
via Abidjan, as of June 17, 2019. With new the JFK flight services,
Ethiopian will be serving 24 weekly flights between African and North
With the addition of the new thrice weekly service
to JFK Airport to the already operating 4 weekly service to Newark via Lomé,
Ethiopian will operate to New York daily. JFK is the sixth busiest airport in
the United States and an international gateway into North America. John F
Kennedy Airport is the airline's second station in New York in addition to
Newark, connecting the North America’s gateway with its extended network of
more than 120 destinations globally - including South Africa.
Cape Town just recently confirmed added US
connectivity with a direct flight between Newark and Cape Town coming
into effect in December 2019.
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As the largest aviation group in Africa and a
Skytrax certified Four Star Global Airline, the airline continues to improve
connectivity despite the recent Boeing 737-8 Max setback. The airline grounded
its Max fleet after the incident in March in which all 149
passengers and eight crew members aboard died. Boeing's Max 8 continues to be
grounded globally due to safety concerns.
The airline is the fastest growing Airline in
Africa, with some seventy-plus years of operation and subsequently becoming an African Aviation hub of note,overtaking Dubai as a gateway to the continent - largely buoyed by reforms being put in by its new Prime Minister and visa reforms.
ForwardKeys data for the period between 2013 and 2018 highlights that Addis Ababa has grown its volume of international transfer passengers to Sub-Saharan Africa, five years in a row.
Group CEO of Ethiopian
Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam says, "The US is one of our most important
markets owing to the presence of a large African diaspora and the promising
multi-faceted relations between Africa and the USA. Hence, the new service is a
significant addition to our expanding network in the USA and offers better
connectivity for African and US passengers. Moreover, the service catalyzes
trade, tourism, investment and people- to- people relations between Africa and
the United States.”
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