Ethiopian Airlines commences thrice weekly flights to Marseille, France, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week making its maiden flight on 2 July 2019.
The new service was inaugurated at a colorful event held in the VIP Salon at Addis Ababa International Airport in the presence of Mr. Frédéric Bontems, French Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia and Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO, both of whom were onboard the inaugural flight.
Members of the diplomatic community in Addis Ababa together with other invited guests graced the event. Cake cutting and champagne toast ceremony was held to mark the event. Marseille, France’s second largest city, is the second destination in France and 20th destination in Europe.
With the new flight, Ethiopian now operates over 60 passenger flights to European cities every week. Ethiopian Airlines has been flying to Paris since 1971 connecting Africa to the French capital for nearly five decades thereby facilitating trade investment, tourism and peopleto-people ties.
Currently, Ethiopian flies to more than 120 international destinations across five continents with young fleet. Ethiopian, one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa, is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with Six business centers.
The six business centers of Ethiopian are, Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. The fully state-owned national flag carreir is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.