#AfriTravel: Ethiopian Airlines does the fandango with new flights to Barcelona

2018-06-19 13:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will start new flights to  Spain's capital Barcelona from the first day of July this year.

The new flight route will be flown by the B787-800 Dreamliner, which will have a stopover in Spain's Madrid. The move hopes to inspire more business travel and tourism between Africa and Spain.

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It's also the 13th European destination to be added to Ethiopian Airlines' network.

The flight schedule is as follows, which will commence on 1 July 2018:

  • Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun: Addis Ababa to Madrid departs 23:20 and arrives 05:50.
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: Madrid to Barcelona departs 06:45 and arrives 08:05
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: Barcelona to Madrid departs 20:15 and arrives 21:40
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: Madrid to Addis Ababa departs 22:40 and arrives 06:30

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Airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam is very happy about the opportunities the new route brings.

"The start of this new flight to Barcelona is part of our global route network expansion plan in line with our strategic roadmap - Vision 2025.

"The new flight to Barcelona will provide seamless connectivity options for business people as well as tourists from Barcelona to our extensive African network of 58 destinations via our main hub in Addis Ababa,” says GebreMariam in a statement.

Other African route updates

Africa's aviation industry has been growing exponentially the last year, as many airlines update their routes to make the continent more connected.

Zambian airline, Proflight Zambia, announced a new route linking Lusaka and Harare in Zimbabwe, which will come into effect from 9 July 2018, with flight tickets currently on sale, and fastjet increased flights on its internal Zimbabwean route between Harare and Victoria Falls, also starting in July. 

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With the aim of boosting tourism, trade and investment with the rest of Africa, RwandAir also extended its Kigali-Harare route to include Cape Town, which started flights in May with four flights a week, and European airline Edelweiss Air also boosted the flight frequency between the Mother City and Zurich.

Cape Town also welcomed new flights from Paris with millennial airline Joon, as well as direct flights to Nairobi with Kenya Airways which started this month.

Joburg got a boost with new weekly flights to Kinshasa, operated by Congo Airways, and a second daily service to London with Virgin Atlantic, starting in October.

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Russia and Egypt also restored a direct flight route between the two countries, which was initially suspended after a 2015 bombing of a Russian plane.

Malawi announced plans for a new international airport at Lake Malawi, while Turkish Airlines added Sierra Leone to its growing African network.

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