Ethiopian Airlines, the giant of African skies would commence flying to Botswana with direct service connecting Gaborone to Addis Ababa, it said in a statement. The flights could start as early as the end of June as the airline is finalising preparation to commence operations.
According to the company, the decision to start this long awaited route will add efficiency to the downstream industries such as tourism; investment and diamond trading that heavily depend on robust and reliable aviation sector.
“The presence of Ethiopian Airlines in Botswana will open the country to the world and provide local travellers (with) over 85 destinations around the world. In addition, global travellers could easily fly directly to Botswana with Ethiopian Airlines,” the airline said.
The airline added that travellers from Gaborone will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to its extensive network covering 5 continents and several destinations.
“Our new flights connecting Addis Ababa and Gaborone will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism, diamond trading and investment facilitating mobility and connectivity for businesses and leisure travellers.” The airline also announced it will commence flights to Cape Town, South Africa, which is one of the main tourism attractions in Africa.
Story of Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier voted by passengers as the Best in Africa for two years in a row by Passenger Choice Awards, the most comprehensive survey in the industry. The airline operates the youngest fleet in the continent with an average of less than 7 years and currently serves 87 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily departures.
Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Africa known for efficiency, reliability and safety. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 85 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin.
In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. It is Africa’s world class airline.
Travellers from Gaborone will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian extensive network covering 5 continents and destinations. The new flights connecting Addis Ababa and Gaborone will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism, diamond trading and investment facilitating mobility and connectivity for businesses and leisure travellers.
The Cape Town and Gaborone routes will be the airline’s 50th and 51st African destination respectively. Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said as a pan-African airline they are happy to spread wings to Gaborone (Africa’s diamond centre) and Cape (a top tourism destination in the continent).
“Our new flights to Cape Town and Gaborone will give our customers more and more convenient connectivity options when travelling withing, to and from the continent. We will continue to expand our reach in our home market with a view to support (to) the continent’s socio-economic integration and development”.