Ethiopian Airlines (ET) recently acquired its 100th aircraft (June 7, 2018), a Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’, allowing the company to step on the stage of the major civil carriers. With new aircrafts and a constant growing fleet, ET is also implementing new flights or resuming ancient connections that were suspended, like Chengdu and Seychelles 4 times a week as from December 2018, or increasing number of weekly connections.
In the same time, National Airways has performed on October 13th its first flight connecting Addis Ababa toMogadishu. This should inaugurate a 4 weekly flights connection between Ethiopia and Somalia. The route between the two countries was interrupted 41 years ago, when Somalia invaded Ethiopia in 1977.
On its side, Ethiopian Airlines announces it will resume its flight to Mogadishu effective 2 November 2018, after stopping the service over four decades ago.
Addis Ababa Bole airport’s extension
Early September 2018, the passenger terminal, being built at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has started providing service partially. The passenger terminal is part of an expansion project being conducted to ease congestion at the existing terminal and properly serve the ever increasing passengers. Up on going fully operational, the passenger terminal will have a capacity to accommodate 20 million passengers per year. The existing passenger terminal has a capacity to give service to five million passengers; however, it has been accommodating 11 million passengers, creating congestion.