EgyptAir launches daily flights from Ethiopia again


EgyptAir, the flag carrier airline of Egypt, is set to resume daily flights from Ethiopia as of Monday April 1st. The airlines which reduced its weekly flights from seven to five in November last year due to a drop in demand, has now introduced flights to Toronto, Canada, Manchester, United Kingdom and Cote D’Ivoire, according to Hesham Hassan Anis, Country Manager of the airlines Addis Ababa Office.
EgyptAir is the oldest African airline. It began in 1932. In 1994 the airlines opened its office in Ethiopia. All the flights it makes transit through Egypt’s capital, Cairo. The airline flies to 85 destinations, all of which are available from Ethiopia.
“We have bilateral agreements with Ethiopian airlines,” Hassan explains. “It isn’t possible for us to fly to all our destinations on a weekly basis. So we have code share agreement with Ethiopian airlines.”
A code share agreement is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased on one airline but is actually operated by a cooperating airline under a different flight number. Hassan says that the presence of many large airliners like Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa makes the market very competitive.
According to Hassan, EgyptAir has an edge on other airlines in that it has new generation aircrafts, short transit time and special fairs for diplomats.
According to the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise Public relations office, there are twelve international airlines active in Ethiopia. That includes Gulf Air, Fly Dubai, and Qatar Airways, each making three flights a week from Ethiopia.
Lufthansa, and Yemen Airlines fly four times weekly. Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Saudi Arabia Airlines fly seven times while Sudan and Kenya airways take off from Addis Ababa two and five  times a week respectively.
Ethiopian Airlines is the dominant flight provider in Ethiopia with numerous daily flights. It is also the only airlines that provides domestic flights.
According to Hassan, EgyptAir is looking to increase its destination number especially in Africa in the coming years.