Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and the leading Pan-African Airline, said it has finalised preparations to start scheduled thrice weekly services to Kaduna, Nigeria beginning from August 1st, 2017.
Kaduna, located in North-Western Nigeria, is a trade centre and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction.
The proposed flight operations by ET to Kaduna Airport brings to five the number of cities the airline operate into from its base in Addis Ababa Airport.
Already, Ethiopian Airlines operate flights to Abuja, Lagos , Enugu and Kano and its maiden flight to Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s; same time the country got independence from foreign colonisation.
With the addition of Kaduna Airport,Ethiopian totally operates 23 weekly flights into Nigeria’s main cities.
According to the airline Flight Number ET 0913 on Tue, Fri, Sun frequency will depart Addis Ababa Airport at 09:30 and arrive Kaduna Airport in Nigeria at 12:30 with ET 738 fleet
While ET flight number 0912 will on Tue, Fri, Sun depart Kaduna Airport at 13:20 and arrive Addis Ababa Airport at 20:20 on ET 738 fleet
Speaking on the flight to Kaduna, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “We are pleased to commence scheduled operation to Kaduna; a fifth city in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a Pan-African Airline, serving our beloved continent Africa has always been a source of pride for Ethiopian Airlines. With this commitment, Ethiopian has been able to create a missing link; availing easy movement of Africans from one corner to the other. During the temporary closure of Abuja Airport for reconstruction four months ago, we were the first foreign carrier to land at Kaduna Airport, allowing our passengers to experience ultimate comfort on-board our B-787 Dreamliner. In line with our long term strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, expanding and availing a more efficient intra-African network will remain at the core of our operation and we shall keep on playing the positive role in catalyzing the socio-economic development of our continent.”