Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to Mekelle in Tigray region

An Ethiopian Airlines Boieng 737 MAX climbs after takeoff.
Photo credit: By LLBG Spotter CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest carriers in Africa, has announced the resumption of services to Mekelle, in the Tigray region from 28 December 2022.

This move is historic as the city was torn by the Mekelle Offensive as part of the Tigray War. This is more than just another flight resumption, but it represents a restoration of peace and the resumption of economic activity. 

With good news, Mr Mesfin Tasew the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group said with optimism “We are truly pleased with the resumption of our flights to Mekelle.”

“The resumption of these flights will enable families to reunite, facilitate the restoration of commercial activities, stimulate tourist flow and bring many more opportunities which will serve society.”

“We are ready to serve our passengers who are travelling on the route between Addis Ababa and Mekelle and play our part in the socio-economic development of our country.”

The airline has planned a daily flight to Mekelle from Addis Ababa, the airline’s hub and the nation’s capital, which will increase the daily frequency solely depending on the demanding proofing of the much-awaited resumed route.

The Ethiopian flag carrier flies up to a total of 20 domestic routes and plans to increase the number even more in the near future. Ethiopian airline plays a vital role in providing connectivity between Ethiopia and the African continent. 

About Ethiopian Airlines 

Ethiopian Airlines, has grown exponentially since its formation more than 7 decades ago. Today, the airline stands proud and tall for being one of the largest aviation groups in the continent and an important Star Alliance member.

Ethiopian Airlines is considered one of the most well run airlines. It is the only carrier in the region to achieve global status in terms of services, safety standards and connectivity, also making Addis Ababa an important aviation hub in the continent

Since its humble beginnings, the airline has grown from 5 C-47 aircraft in 1946 with its maiden debut flight to Cairo via the Eritrean capital of Asmara.

Since then, the airline is now a global player, operating one of the youngest and most sophisticated fleets in Africa, ranging from being the launch African customer of the  B767, B777-200LR, B787 Dreamliner, and 787-9. 

Ethiopian Airlines also made headway for Airbus, as it is also the launched Airbus A350XWB. As of now, the flag carrier has more than 141 modern and western-made aircraft in its fleet portfolio, with an average fleet of just five years.

The carrier also has 37 aircraft on its order books. Through its hub at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, the airline flies to 131 international passengers, including cargo destinations.

It is also serving 63 African cities, making the airline the largest in the continent, and anchoring Addis Ababa as a true African hub. 

Currently, Skytrax has awarded Ethiopian Airlines as a Four Star Alliance, and the Best Airline in Africa for 5 consecutive years.

Moreover, the airline also received an Overall Excellence for Outstanding Crisis Leadership Award in 2020, which is justified as the airline weathered elegantly through the pandemic.

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