Just 44 days after inaugurating the route, Ethiopian Airlines announced that as of August 15, 2018, it will suspend scheduled flights between the Spanish city of Barcelona and Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

The reasons are the "operational difficulties that prevent duly fulfill the service to customers," the airline said in a statement.

The flight opened on July 2, 2018, and had a technical stop in Madrid. The African airline operated the flight with a Boeing 787-800 of 246 seats.

Ethiopian Airlines expected that, of the ten thousand annual passengers that would move between Spain and Ethiopia, 40% of them would embark in Barcelona.

"Taking into account the high demand of this flight and the commitment of Ethiopian Airlines with this new route, the company has made the maximum effort to adjust the operation and guarantee the quality and punctuality of the service, which finally has not paid off. that has forced Ethiopian Airlines to cancel the route," the company said.