Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to Somalia

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Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier of Ethiopia, has announced the resumption of flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu, Somalia, starting on November 2. The route will be operated three times a week by Ethiopian’s Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

In the 1970s, the airline stopped its service to Mogadishu due to a conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia.

It gives us a great pleasure to resume flights to Mogadishu, the capital Somalia after stopping the service over four decades ago. […] The flights will also enable the important Somali Diaspora in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa to travel to their homeland via Addis Ababa thanks to our global network […]. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group

According to the airline, the connection will quickly grow and soon be operated on a daily basis.

Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 and is fully owned by the government of Ethiopia. Since 2011, the airline is a member of the Star Alliance. It was world wide one of the first operators of the next-generation long haul airplanes Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB. Ethiopian’s wide body fleet also includes Boeing 767 and 777. The short haul fleet consists of Boeing 737NG and smaller Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Furthermore, Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in July.