For the first time in nearly 20 years, Ethiopian Airlines will return to Karachi, Pakistan, continuing on a long history between the airline and the destination.
The airline first served Karachi between July 1966 to December 1971 and again between June 1993 and July 2004.
Without further ado, let’s get into this route relaunch…
Scheduling on the Karachi Route…
Ethiopian Airlines will be operating the Addis Ababa-Karachi rotation four times per week from May 1 this year.
The scheduling is as follows:
|Flight number||Frequency||Departure Airport||Departure Time||Arrival Airport||Arrival Time|
|ET 0694||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun||ADD||21:45||KHI||05:05|
|ET 0695||Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat||KHI||05:55||ADD||08:55|
Karachi will become the 37th destination of the airline within Europe, with the global spread covering 145 domestic and international destinations.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Excited for the Return…
Commenting on the return to Karachi was Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mesfin Tasew:
“We are excited to return to Karachi nearly two decades after we last served the city.”
“As the most populous city in Pakistan, Karachi will be a crucial gateway to Pakistan and the wider South Asia region.”
“As the only flight connecting Pakistan with Africa, the planned service to Karachi will have a significant contribution in strengthening the diplomatic and economic relations between the two regions.”
“It will also offer convenient air connectivity to the growing number of Pakistani investors in Africa as well as tourists.”
2023 Is Expected To Be A Busy Year…
Ethiopian Airlines are expecting 2023 to be a busy year, with the U.S Regional Director, Samson Arega, saying the following to AviationSource earlier this week:
“2023 is expected to be a busy year as movement restrictions due to the pandemic have been lifted in almost every corner of the globe”
“Following this, we expect a very high demand, especially with regard to passenger transportation, and we are ready to accommodate the demand”.
“We have an adequate number of fleets and human resources to handle the demand.”
“Some of our passenger fleets were idle or temporarily converted to freighter, and now we will bring back all resources.
“In addition to this, we will receive 9 aircraft in 2023 for passenger services.”
You can view the full interview with Arega by clicking here. It remains clear that the Karachi route is part of this enhanced demand being experienced by the airline.
It remains clear that this new Karachi route is all part of the airline’s overall strategy for further growth ahead of the Summer 2023 season.
All eyes will be on Ethiopian Airlines to see how far it can take its competitive presence around the world, as well as domestically within Africa.
For now, all eyes are on the carrier to see how the new Karachi route goes, as well as any other routes the airline chooses to add to its extensive network.