Ethiopian Airlines to resume Tigray flights as peace holds in war-torn region

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Ethiopian Airlines (EA) will resume regular flights to the Tigray region after halting services due to war erupting in the northernmost part of Ethiopia in November 2020. 

The airline’s CEO Mesfin Tasew EA’s confirmed that the airline was currently “undertaking preparations” to reinstate flights to the war-torn region in an interview with state media, Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). 

Tasew said that the peace agreement signed between the Ethiopian government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is designated as a terrorist organization, will allow the airline to resume operations to the region. 

Tasew confirmed that the resumption will aid in the transportation and delivery of humanitarian aid to the region. 

“There will be need of passengers and cargo services in connection with the humanitarian aid delivery. Various foreign organizations are expected to provide humanitarian aid,” Tasew said.  

The CEO also identified two airports, Mekele and Shire, as being in a condition that can accommodate regular flights. 

However, Tasew highlighted that a third airport, Axum Airport, suffered damage to its infrastructure that requires rehabilitation  

“We will send our people to the area and repair the airport. Hence, we have been preparing to commence flight to the region. In addition to the three airports, we are also working to resume service to other airports like Lalibela,” Tasew added.  


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