10th November, 2013
The Ethiopian Airlines is to begin 10-weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, within the next few weeks, following an agreement between Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Col. Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, the Director-General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), told newsmen that the agreement was signed on Wednesday, 6 November, in Addis Ababa between the Government of Ethiopia and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The agreement by the two governments would increase operations from the current 18 weekly flights to 31 weekly flights in the coming weeks.
The Ethiopian Airlines would operate seven weekly passenger flights and three weekly cargo flights to Kano, in addition to its current flights to Abuja, Lagos and Enugu.
NAN reports that part of the agreement would allow one Nigerian airline to equally fly the Ethiopian route to Addis Ababa and other cities in Ethiopia, while enabling the training of Nigerian aviation staff by the Aviation Institute in Addis Ababa.
Mrs Precious Mbupka, who led officials from the Ministry of Aviation, signed for the Federal Government, after several negotiations on the terms and financial benefits of the flight operations between the two countries.