An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 is loaded at the terminal.
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Ethiopian Airlines adds Atlanta services to network

LONDON – Ethiopian Airlines, the largest network operator in Africa, is set to commence a new service between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Atlanta, USA. Ethiopian will operate a four times weekly flight to Atlanta (ATL) starting from 16 May 2023.

Sixth North American gateway


The airline will offer four times weekly flight service to its new US destination; effectively adding a sixth gateway in North America.

Commenting on the launch of the new flight, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We have been connecting the U.S. and Africa for 25 years now and the new service will help boost the investment, tourism, diplomatic and socioeconomic bonds between the two regions.”

“As a pan-African carrier, we are committed to further expand our global network and connect Africa with the rest of the word. We are also keen to better serve the U.S. by increasing our destinations and flight frequencies.”

A boost for Atlanta


The new route service will also value-add to the Atlanta region, according to local authorities.

“Ethiopian Airlines’ new service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is yet another win for our City as we continue to develop and expand our air service to Africa,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.

He further added “As we celebrate the new connection of the rich and dynamic cities of Atlanta and Addis Ababa, we look forward to a strong and successful partnership with our new partners in Ethiopia.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager Balram “B” Bheodari said “As the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, our mission is to deliver excellence while connecting our community to the world.”

“This new partnership with Ethiopian Airlines expands that connectivity and access for our passengers and further solidifies our position as an industry leader. We are thrilled to welcome Ethiopian Airlines to ATL.”

“This announcement is truly significant with Ethiopian Airlines being the biggest African carrier to fly out of ATL. We are the gateway to the world and this collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines further illustrates our global commitment to our passengers and stakeholders,” said Deputy General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer Jai Ferrell. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning passengers to our world-class customer experience as they travel to and through ATL.”

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations. Atlanta will be Ethiopian Airlines’ 5th passenger destination in the US following Chicago, Newark, New York and Washington.

About Ethiopian Airlines


Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy-six plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 145 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian’s fleet consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 767-300, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and DHC Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate most of these aircraft.

Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline including a Skytrax ‘Best Airline in Africa Award’ for five consecutive years. Ethiopian has been a Star Alliance member since 2011 and an Airline which has been registering more than threefold growth in the past 10 years.

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