Ethiopian Commences Direct Flights from Mekele and BahirDar to Khartoum - 14 October, 2011

Ethiopian Airlines is proud to announce that effective October 13, 2011 it has commenced direct international flights from Mekele and BahirDar to Khartoum.

The new direct flights will enhance tourism and business travel between Northern Ethiopia and the Sudan thereby strengthening the existing cooperation between the people and governments of the two countries.

Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian said, “Ethiopian Airlines has long been flying from Addis Ababa to Khartoum. The new direct flight services between Mekele, Khartoum and Bahir Dar will enhance the ever increasing economic, social and political ties of the two nations. Tourists, business people and all other travelers from the Sudan and other parts of the world will now have an easy and direct link to the fascinating tourist destinations of Northern Ethiopia.”

With the opening of the new direct flight services between Khartoum, Mekele and Bahir Dar, Ethiopian has developed incredible packages for tourists. Flying to Northern Ethiopia, tourists will visit the source of Blue Nile and Tisisat Falls found in Bahir Dar and the Nejashi Mosque, the first mosque in Africa built in the 7th century AD near Mekele. Tour packages developed in connection with this flight also include the breath taking Rift Valley lakes of Debre-Zeit and Awassa.

Ethiopian will provide the new flight services four days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays Saturdays and Sundays using Bombardier Q-400 Aircraft.

More over, we would like to take this opportunity to inform our esteemed customers that Ethiopian also provides tour packages for tourists to the major African tourist destinations such as Mombasa, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar-Es-Salaam, Johannesburg, Malindi, Maputo, Djibouti and Cairo. To take advantage of our tour packages, you may visit the nearest Ethiopian office or email at

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Seychelles the coming winter, Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 64 international destinations spanning four continents.

Recently, Ethiopian received the 2011 "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR" Award for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and the 2009 "Airline of the Year" award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). In August 2008, Ethiopian won "the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award" of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.