Ethiopian Airlines is set to launch night flights to Accra, Ghana starting on March 26, 2023.
The move to add four additional flights to its existing seven flights per week is aimed at providing more connectivity options for travelers in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
The new flights, which will depart from Accra in the evening, will allow passengers to connect to the airline’s vast network in Africa and to destinations in the Middle East, and Asia. The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mesfin Tasew Bekele, spoke about the new flights in a media statement, saying, “We have extensive operations in Africa and we want to connect Ghanaians to African destinations.”
Ethiopian Airlines Explores Malta Potential
In addition to the night flights to Accra, Ethiopian Airlines is exploring the possibility of launching nonstop flights to Malta as part of its efforts to expand its international network.
The talks were held between the Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela and his Ethiopian counterpart Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali during a recent visit to Malta’s capital, Valletta. According to Prime Minister Abela, Ethiopian Airlines is making progress with its plans to launch flights between Addis Ababa and Malta and onwards to cities in the United States.
At present, Ethiopian Airlines operates six routes to North America, five of which are in the U.S. and one in Canada. The airline operates a daily service from Addis Ababa to Washington Dulles International Airport via Dublin, alongside five weekly flights to Chicago O’Hare and Toronto Pearson. Ethiopian Airlines also serves Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles three times a week and New York John F Kennedy twice a week via Lomé, the capital of Togo.
The proposed expansion to Malta by Ethiopian Airlines comes after the airline confirmed it had held “fruitful” discussions with delegates from Denver about opening a new route to the state capital. Denver is a hub for fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines.
“We are thrilled to explore the possibility of launching flights to Malta,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mesfin Tasew. “Adding Malta to our global network would help us better serve our passengers and provide more travel options to and from the region.”
Malta, located in the central Mediterranean, is currently without scheduled nonstop service to the U.S. There have been no nonstops for the past two decades, except for a Malta-Newark route operated by Lufthansa during the summer of 2021. The proposed expansion to Malta by Ethiopian Airlines will help attract foreign investment to Malta and provide more travel options to and from the region.