Flights to Hargeysa differed as Renovation of Runway not Complete
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 9, 2012 – Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest
growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the start of new
flights to Berbera, the port city of Somaliland, as of July 1, 2012.
Ethiopian will fly to Berbera daily using its Q400 aircraft, with three
morning and four afternoon flights.
Ethiopian’s addition of Berbera to its network will bring its
international destinations in Africa to 43, excluding its 17 domestic
points, thus further solidifying Ethiopian’s position as the airline
that provides the most convenient connection to and from Africa.
The resumption of flights to Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland,
scheduled for June 10, 2012 has been differed as renovation of runway at
Hargeysa airport has not been completed. Once the renovation at Hargeysa
airport is completed, Ethiopian plans to start flights immediately.
Berbera, a seaport town with the only sheltered harbor on the Southside
of the Gulf of Aden, is playing an increasing role as an alternative sea
trading door for the East Africa region. It is the most important city
in Somaliland next to its capital city Hargeysa.
Ethiopian’s addition of Berbera to its network, in addition to
strengthening trade networks in East Africa, will enable international
travelers from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas a
much more convenient and easy access to the Somalia Region.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its
maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline
provides dependable services to 65 international destinations spanning
Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance
network is the leading global airline network offering customers
convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star
Alliance network offers more than 20,000 daily flights to 1,293 airports
in 190 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions
towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and
in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the
introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in
the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the
African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA
award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the
"AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air
cargo. Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence
Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African
Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet,
the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation
of its 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in