Mogadishu an Ethiopian Airlines destination again


Ethiopian Airlines will resume regular flights to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on November 2, its first in four decades, the state-owned carrier said.

One of the largest carriers in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines suspended operations in Somalia following the outbreak of hostilities between the neighbours in the late 1970s. Subsequent conflict in Somalia and still continuing prevented air carriers returning.

An Islamist militant group has been waging an insurgency in Somalia since 2007.
“Our flights will grow to multiple daily given the volume of traffic between the two countries and significant traffic between Somalia and the rest of the world,” Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive, said in a statement.

Turkish Airlines is the only other major international carrier that flies to the country.

In June, Ethiopian Airlines resumed flights to the Eritrean capital Asmara after a two-decade hiatus following a diplomatic thaw between the feuding neighbours.

The carrier is Africa’s largest airline by revenue and profit, according to an industry body, generating $2.7 billion in revenue in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Since 2013, Ethiopian Airlines acquired minority stakes in several African carriers to serve as bases for regional operations, including Malawi Airlines and Zambia’s national airline.

The firm aims to start a new airline in Mozambique it will fully own and is in talks with Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea to set up carriers through joint ventures.