Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in Africa, has announced that the frequency of its flights to Chinese cities will increase as of February 6, this year.
It is an indication of a return to the pre-COVID-19 levels following the lifting of restrictions by the Government of China.
From February 6, 2023, Ethiopian Airlines will operate daily flights to Guangzhou while increasing its weekly flights to Beijing and Shanghai to four each and maintaining the thrice weekly operation to Chengdu.
Likewise, from March 1, 2023, the flights will surge back to the pre-COVID-19 levels, with daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as ten and four weekly flights to Guangzhou and Chengdu respectively.
Accordingly, Ethiopian Airlines will operate a total of 28 weekly passenger flights to China when the services are fully restored.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Group, Mesfin Tasew, said: “We are glad that we are ramping up the frequencies of our flights to Chinese cities; thanks to the easing of flight restrictions by the Government of China.
“China is one of the largest markets for Ethiopian Airlines outside Africa, and the increase in flight frequencies will help revive the trade, investment, cultural and bilateral cooperation between Africa and China in the post-Covid era.
“Thanks to our large network across Africa, the increase in the number of flights to Chinese cities will bring Africa and China closer. We are keen to further expand our service to China going forward.”
In addition to its passenger flights to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, Ethiopian Airlines is also operating freighter flights to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Changsha and Wuhan.