To meet the soaring demand for air travel, various airlines are adding routes to beef up their schedules. Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed plans to add Jordan to its Middle East network in September, becoming the ninth country served by the carrier in the region.
Flights from the airline’s Addis Ababa (ADD) hub to Amman’s Queen Alia International (AMM) will begin on Sept. 19, operating three times per week. The 2,544-km (1,374-nm) route will operate using 154-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said: “With the commencement of our new flight to Amman, passengers departing from/to the middle east can enjoy the extensive Ethiopian network worldwide with convenient connectivity and smooth transfer at Addis Ababa. Our new flight will also further strengthen the economic ties between Ethiopia and Jordan.”
The airline originally intended to start flights to Amman in July 2019, but the launch was initially delayed until October before being scrapped altogether. It then revived the plans in July 2021, saying flights would begin in August. However, the launch failed to materialize.
Ethiopian Airlines will become the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Ethiopia and Jordan once the route begins, with Amman becoming its 11th destination in the Middle East.
The Addis Ababa-Amman market was last served in June 2012 by BMI British Midland, which operated flights from London Heathrow (LHR) on an LHR-AMM-ADD-AMM-LHR routing.
Ethiopian Airlines will serve Amman from Addis Ababa on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, departing from Ethiopia’s capital at 10.30 p.m. and arriving in Jordan’s capital at 2.05 a.m. the following day. The return service operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, departing AMM at 3.05 a.m. and arriving in ADD at 6.44 a.m.
Flights to Latin America
Ethiopia had announced a new increase in its only route to Latin America. According to Aviacionline, the airline will offer a daily frequency between Addis Ababa, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires starting October 16th.
Ethiopian Airlines will fly daily to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo for the first time. It currently has five operations per week on the aforementioned route.
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|ET 506||Addis Ababa (ADD)||10:05 a.m.||Sao Paulo (GRU)||4:15 p.m.|
|ET 506||Sao Paulo (GRU)||5:30 p.m.||Buenos Aires (EZE)||8:25 p.m.|
|ET 507||Buenos Aires (EZE)||9:55 p.m.||Sao Paulo (GRU)||12:30 a.m. +1|
|ET 507||Sao Paulo (GRU)||1:45 a.m. +1||Addis Ababa (ADD)||7:45 p.m. +1|
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