Air service over Africa expanding


(eTN) – Air service is expanding over the African continent as well as over the ocean for long-haul flights.


Effective July, in other words immediately, Ethiopian Airlines will add 5 weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Milan, Italy, using a B767 aircraft. Traffic days out of Addis will be Monday to Thursday and Saturday, with no flights on Friday and Sunday for the time being. Return flights out of Milan will correspondingly take place between Tuesday and Friday, with no Saturday or Monday flight to Addis.

The timings are convenient for travelers from across Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa as connecting flights from those parts of Africa arrive in time to make an easy connection in Addis.

Ethiopian is also flying daily from Addis to Rome and this latest addition of a European destination will undoubtedly spur yet greater competition with neighbors, Kenya Airways, which is presently lacking long-haul aircraft, due to the delays of their B787 delivery, to add more destinations on their intercontinental network, while in inter-African traffic the two arch rivals are neck-on-neck in terms of destinations.


Effective immediately, more likely to have kept the competition in the dark until it actually happened, Kenya Airways (KQ) has introduced twice daily departures between Nairobi and the soon-to-be-capital of the new independent Republic of South Sudan.

In time for the Independence Day celebrations on July 9, will KQ now add a departure at 0745 hours in the morning, timely for all network connections arriving from the wider East African region, while keeping the mid-day departure.

Until September 6, there will be no second flight on Tuesdays, at which time the frequency will truly be double daily.

Competitors were taken reportedly unaware of this coup by Kenya Airways, and by using their latest Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft, depending on passenger loads, travelers will enjoy a state-of-the-art modern jet aircraft with full inflight service and the usual two-cabin layout offering business and economy class.