Addis Ababa – Ethiopia TO Enugu – Nigeria, this is the new route Ethiopian flag carrier and Star Alliance member will introduce as of August 24, 2013. This exciting announcement was made today by Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. In a report titled 'Enugu, Nigeria – the next city in Star Alliance Ethiopian Airlines network', E-Turbo News confirmed that the management of Ethiopian
Airlines has concluded arrangement to commence international flight operations to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu following the upgrade of the airport to an international airport.
The inaugural flight is scheduled to take place on the 24th of August 2013, elombah.com has learnt. It was also gathered that other foreign airlines are also weighing the options of flying to Enugu increasing traffic on the new route.
"Now, passengers from Enugu will have direct flight connections to many destinations in Africa, Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe with the youngest and modern fleet in the continent and enjoy the usual Ethiopian hospitality."
“Our flight to Enugu is another exciting step towards enhancing our commitment to the needs of our traveling publics. Nigeria has always been and continues to be one of our important destinations in West Africa. We are continually improving our products and services to meet our customers’ expectations. We thank the people and the government of Nigeria for their continued support in making this new service to Enugu possible,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
The decision by Ethiopian airline to be the first airline to fly into Enugu Airport may not be unconnected with the high level of patronage the airline is receiving from traders from South East on the far- East routes and as such would like to consolidate against growing competition from other airline on the route
This development gives credence to the promise by President Goodluck Jonathan of the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Enugu which some political gladiators said was another political gimmick to capture votes from the South East.
The service would herald the beginning of international operations at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. This is coming just as the airline is planning to expand its operations in Nigeria by adding flights to Port Harcourt and Kano. Tewolde Gebremariam chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines disclosed recently that the airline is planning to fly to Port Harcourt as well as Northern Nigeria’s largest city Kano, while increasing the number of flight trips to Abuja.
Under the headline, 'Enugu, Nigeria – the next city in Star Alliance Ethiopian Airlines network', E-Turbo News, a Global Travel Industry News publication of July 31, 2013, confirmed Ethiopian Airlines will be the first international carrier to fly to Enugu.. Ethiopian Airlines will also increase its five weekly flights to Abuja to daily service.
Ethiopian Airlines will operate four times a week to Enugu, its 76th destination. Ethiopian Airlines is regarded as a Pan African airline, and is one of the oldest carriers flying to Nigeria since 1960. This had strengthening trade, cultural and tourism ties between Nigeria and the rest of the world.
Passengers from our three gateways in Nigeria – Lagos, Abuja and Enugu – now have the opportunity to fly to destinations throughout the Ethiopian network, including Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, Toronto, Beijing, Beirut, Dubai, Mumbai, and Nairobi.
Enugu is the capital of Enugu State in Nigeria. It is located in southeastern Nigeria. The city has a population of 722,664 according to the 2006 Nigerian census. The name Enugu is derived from the two Igbo words meaning "hill top" denoting the city's hilly geography. The city was named after Enugwu Ngwo which coal was found under.
Industries in the city include the urban market and bottling industries. Enugu has become a preferred filming location for directors of the Nigerian movie industry, dubbed "Nollywood". Enugu's main airport is the Akanu Ibiam International Airport. The main educational establishment in the city is the Enugu campus of the University of Nigeria based in Nsukka, a town north of Enugu and in the same state