Thursday, 16 April 2015

Ethiopian Airlines moves its European hub to Dublin Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 
Ethiopian Airlines is moving its European hub from Rome to Dublin Airport from 10th May it has been confirmed.

The move will see Ethiopian transit 10 transatlantic flights per week through Dublin Airport to destinations in the United States and Canada for refuelling on the westbound leg of the journey only.

Ethiopian Airline’s daily Boeing 777 flight from Addis Ababa to Washington and its three times weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Addis Ababa to Toronto will stop at Dublin Airport.

As it is a transit stop, Ethiopian will not be accepting passengers in Dublin for the onward flights to either Washington or Toronto. The refuelling stop is required on Ethiopian’s westbound journeys only, as the high altitude at Addis Ababa Airport means aircraft use more fuel on take-off there.

The decision in relation to the transit stops at Dublin comes in advance of Ethiopian Airlines starting its new three times weekly direct passenger services from Dublin to Los Angeles and from Dublin to Addis Ababa. These two new routes are due to commence on 20th June.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted that Ethiopian Airlines has chosen Dublin Airport for its European transit fuel stops.

This is a significant piece of business for Dublin Airport, which deepens our relationship with Ethiopian, and creates a solid platform for potential future business and growth opportunities. A number of other European airports were bidding for this contract, so it’s particularly pleasing to have won it.”

Michael Yohannes, Irish Area Manager for Ethiopian’s Airlines said the airline was looking forward to launching its new routes from Dublin to LA and Dublin to Addis Ababa in June. “We’re already seeing strong demand for these services in the Irish market.”

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