Ethiopian Airlines to connect Chennai with three weekly flights from July 2
Completes 50 years of flying to Mumbai
In order to celebrate 50 years of flying to Mumbai, Ethiopian Airlines is set to bring the fourth destination from India – Chennai – on its route map from July 2. The airline will operate three weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Chennai to its Addis Ababa hub.
Making this announcement yesterday at an event in Mumbai at ITC Maratha Sahar, Lemma Yadecha Gudeta, Chief Commercial Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “After flying to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, we are now launching flights to Chennai from July 2. We will deploy our wide-body Boeing 787 on the route, offering 24 seats in Business Class and 246 in Economy Class.”
Dr Tizita Mulugeta, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to India, said that there has been a long standing demand from the business community of South India for a direct connection to Addis Ababa, and this flight will best serve their interests.
Gudeta said that primarily targeting business travellers, this service will support leisure travellers as well as VFR traffic, in that order.
Commenting on the existing India routes, Gudeta said, hopefully by June or July, Ethiopian will reach normal operations of double-daily flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, and four weekly flights to Bengaluru. Air capacity was curtailed due to the pandemic.
Currently, the flag carrier of Ethiopia operates passenger flights to Delhi (since 55 years) , Mumbai (since 50 years) and Bengaluru (since 2019). Ethiopian Airlines connects to 62 destinations in Africa.
Tigist Eshetu, Regional Director, India Sub Continent and Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC Travel Group, GSA for Ethiopian Airlines, were also present on the occasion.