Ethiopian Airlines has resumed domestic flights to Mekelle, Tigray’s capital after an 18-month hiatus due to the bloody Civil War between the government of Ethiopia and the People’s Liberation Front of Tigray TPLF.
Beginning Tuesday (December 28) Ethiopia’s national carrier said it has scheduled daily flights from the capital Addis Ababa to Tigray and will increase the frequency according to demand.
“We are sincerely delighted with the resumption of our flights to Mekele,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mesfin Tasew said in a statement.
“The resumption of these flights will allow families to reunite, will facilitate the restoration of commercial activities, stimulate tourist flows and bring many other opportunities that will serve society,” he added.
The resumption of this domestic network comes after the visit last Tuesday of an Ethiopian government delegation to the Tigray capital, Mekele, marking a major step in the peace process launched in November.
The government of Ethiopia and the People’s Liberation Front of Tigray TPLF agreed on a ceasefire in November 2020.
The airline currently flies to 20 domestic destinations and plans to increase that number in the coming years, Ethiopian Airlines said.