Ethiopian Airlines reopens Moscow route after 27 years

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Airlines on Monday resumed flights
to Moscow after a gap of 27 years stretching back to the demise of the
Soviet Union, which saw relations with Moscow dive.

“Moscow is a vital addition to our European service, a very important
region. It’s going to take our total number of weekly flights to
European destinations to reach 54 passenger flights a week,” said the
carrier’s executive director Tewolde Gebremariam as the first flight
took off from Addis Ababa.

Russian ambassador to Ethiopia Vsevolod I. Tkachenko welcomed the move. 

“I’m happy Ethiopian Airlines made a bold decision to re-start such
flights because it will not only provide passenger flow, but also
connect Russians with Ethiopian Airlines air services’ global network”
he told AFP.

The carrier will fly 3 times a week to the Russian capital.

Ethiopian Airlines which is 100 percent state-owned, is Africa’s largest carrier.

Addis Ababa airport has recently undergone a large-scale revamp as a
major continental aviation hub in a country run until 1991 by a
communist military junta — a regime which received substantial Soviet
support in the 1970s and 80s.

Earlier this year saw a wing of a new $345 million passenger terminal at the airport, which is one of Africa’s busiest.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, ties between the two nations
slid. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Ethiopia last
March and cooperation in several sectors, nuclear power included, have
been discussed.

AFP

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