Ethiopian Airlines to introduce flights to Africa from Oslo Airport

12 February 2020 (Last Updated February 12th, 2020 14:41)

Ethiopian Airlines has planned to introduce daily flights to Africa from Avinor Oslo Airport on Thursdays from the summer of this year.

Ethiopian Airlines to introduce flights to Africa from Oslo Airport
Ethiopian Airlines will operate flights to Addis Ababa from Oslo Airport. Credit: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt.

Ethiopian Airlines has planned to introduce daily flights to Africa from Oslo Airport each Thursday.

Ethiopian Airlines in Norway country manager Mussie Fitehamlak has stated that the introduction of the flights will benefit the Norwegian passengers.

He added: “We’ve scheduled the Oslo route to fit in well with our connections to the rest of Africa in terms of arrivals and departures from Addis Ababa.”

Oslo Airport is operated by Avinor. Avinor traffic development director Jasper Spruit added that this route is expected to become ‘very popular among Norwegian passengers.’

The flight route will depart at 6:45pm local time (GMT +0100) from Oslo Airport and  reach Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 5:30am local time (GMT +0300).

The return flight from Addis Ababa will depart at 11:40pm and arrive at 8:45am the next morning.

The airline will use the Dreamliner aircraft, which accommodates 24 business class seats and 246 economy class seats.

Amidst the coronavirus epidemic, Ethiopian Airlines has chosen not to suspend their flights to China.

The Reporter Ethiopia quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam as saying: “Ethiopian Airlines serves countries in good and bad times. China has a strong trade and investment relationship with Africa, and Ethiopian Airlines is the major carrier that links China with many African countries. If we stop flights to China, we break that relationship.”

Many airlines, including African carriers such as Kenyan Airlines, have suspended flights to China to reduce the spread of the deadly infection.

The epidemic originated in Wuhan, China, and has so far killed 1,115 and infected more than 45,100 people.