Ethiopian Airlines has chosen to start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Dhaka on March 8, 2024, after the signing of an air service agreement (ASA) between Ethiopia and Bangladesh last week.
Shohag Hossain, the Managing Director of General Sales Agent (GSA) of Ethiopian Airlines in Bangladesh, Rhythm Group, has told a news portal, “The Airline has chosen 8 March, the International Women Day, to commence the Addis Ababa-Dhaka-Addis Ababa direct flight. Initially, it will operate five weekly flights.”
He informed them that the Ethiopian transport minister and Ethiopian Airlines group CEO will visit Bangladesh on board the inaugural flight of the African airline giant.
He added, “The route will offer various connecting flights in compatible fare to the Bangladeshi expatriates as the airline, the biggest network in Africa, connects all major cities of Europe and North America from Addis Ababa, the base of the Ethiopian airlines.”
Hossain stated that shortly after starting commercial scheduled flights in Bangladesh, the Ethiopian airline, which flies to ten US locations, intends to launch daily flights to Dhaka using the Boing Dreamliner 787.
On December 6, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the civil aviation authorities of Ethiopia and Bangladesh signed the air service agreement following a series of meetings in line with the diplomatic efforts of the two nations.
The agreement was signed between December 3–7, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event 2023 (ICAN2023), the organization’s largest aviation-related gathering.
A meeting that was attended by a group of five people during the event was led by Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).
For 31 years, Ethiopia’s national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has been conducting freight flights from Bangladesh through third countries.
Shohag stated that the ASA will also permit the start of scheduled direct cargo flights to and from Bangladesh, pointing out that the Ethiopian airline now does three weekly non-scheduled freighter trips offline to and from Dhaka.
With 147 aircraft, Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline in Africa in terms of passenger volume, destinations serviced, fleet size, and revenue. It is also the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of the number of countries served.
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