The Ethiopian Airlines Group has said it will commence direct flights from Addis Ababa to Chicago from June 02, 2018.
According to the airline, westbound passengers from the entire continent of Africa will connect Chicago and beyond through its Addis Ababa hub in the late evening while east-bound travellers from the USA will also connect to all over Africa in the morning through Addis Ababa.
“In both cases, the connectivity is designed in such a way that we are able to avail one of the shortest total travel times for our customers,” the airline said in a statement.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, was quoted to have said that Chicago would be the airline’s 4th destination in the US and 7th in the Americas.
He added, “It is the third biggest city in the US and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.
“Chicago is the main hub of our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines and the flight will be operated together with United to give the best product to travellers from all over the US connecting more than 55 destinations in Africa.
“The flight will further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the US and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling greater flow of trade, investment and tourism.”