Ethiopian Airlines to return to Mogadishu after 41 years
It has been confirmed that leading African airline, Ethiopian Airlines will resume regularly scheduled flights to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu for the first time in forty years, with effect from this November 2nd.
The carrier used to fly to Somalia but had to suspend operations following the outbreak of hostilities between the two nations during the latter part of the 1970's. That ongoing conflict had prevented the airline from restarting the route in previous years.
“It gives us a great pleasure to resume flights to Mogadishu, the capital Somalia after stopping the service over four decades ago. I wish to express my gratitude to the Governments of Ethiopia and Somalia for making the resumption of these flights possible." Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive, said in a statement on Monday, October 15th, adding, “Our flights will quickly grow to multiple daily flights given the huge volume of traffic between the two sisterly countries and the significant traffic between Somalia and the rest of the world,”
Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, "The flights will play a significant role in strengthening the people-to-people and economic ties between the two neighbourly and sisterly countries. The flights will also enable the important Somali Diaspora in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa to travel to their homeland via Addis Ababa thanks to our global network of over 116 international destinations." Gebremariam said.