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Ethiopian is working with Nigeria to revive two of its Airlines that are facing financial problems, Capital learnt.
According to Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian is in talks with Nigeria to revive its national carrier Air Nigeria which halted operations in 2012. The CEO told Capital that while Ethiopian has a number of similar projects with other African Airlines, Air Nigeria is among the priorities and discussions on how to go about the cooperation are still ongoing but heading in a positive direction.
“It’s not only Nigeria, but as we speak we have more than ten projects going on and Nigeria is one of them, but there is also Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, the DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana and so on.”
“We are prioritizing projects because we cannot support all of them at the same time so as you said Nigeria is one of them and so discussions are underway but there are a lot of issues to be worked out,” Tewolde told Capital.
Ethiopian is also handing support to Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier. Arik has also fallen into a financial crisis and is now being managed by the Nigerian government.
“Arik Air is the largest Airline in Nigeria;unfortunately it was running into financial difficulties so the Nigerian government has taken over through a government company called Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). They are trying to revive the airline because it supports more than 60 percent of domestic traffic and it is very important for the government so they have asked us to support them and we will do so,” Tewolde stated.
In related news, Ethiopian Airlines launched three new destinations on Friday March 24, 2017. The Airline added Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo to its list of destinations. It was announced that Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo are three of the seven new destinations that are to be launched during the first six months of 2017.
Ethiopian will start service to three destinations in Asia: Chengdu, Singapore and Jakarta before this July.