Ethiopia’s national carrier will recommence its flights to Mogadishu, Somalia next month.
The air carrier had previously halted its operations to Somalia’s capital four decades ago, following the 1977 war between Somalia and Ethiopia over territorial disputes, disrupting direct travel between the two capitals. However, the two nations look to set aside their differences to restart their business ties.
The Addis Ababa – Mogadishu route, which will take effect from 2 November is set to strengthen the business relations that once existed between the parties. The airline will operate three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, revealed by Hussein Hosh Manager of the airline.
Ethiopian’s Bombardier Q400 aircraft will serve the route equipped with 7 seats in Business Class and 64 seats in Economy Class, or 78 seats in full Economy configuration.
The demand for travel between Addis and Mogadishu is high, which offers a business investment opportunity for the formerly known Ethiopian Air Lines, bridging the economic gap between the two capitals. As competition in aviation continues to intensify, air carriers are looking to expand their reach in greener pastures.
Somalia’s capital is a growing investment destination, evolving from decades of civil wars. The recent developments are making the former ‘boomtown’ an attractive place for businesses. The strong presence of political leadership headed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is one of the factors to lure foreign investments in the country.
The Ethiopian is keen to tap into the growth potential in the East African country to establish its dominance in the region. It is part of its expansion plans to offer its wide variety of services. Currently, travelers from Mogadishu depend on Turkish airlines or flights to Nairobi for connection to Europe and North America.
Commenting on the restart of the Mogadishu flights, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Our flights will quickly grow to multiple daily flights given the huge volume of traffic between the two sisterly countries and the significant traffic between Somalia and the rest of the world.”