Ethiopian Airlines Group says the flag carrier’s growing domestic network has been proven successful in easing movement of people and fostering business activities in the country.
Spread all over the country, Ethiopian domestic network has been playing a significant role in bringing states closer and enhancing flow of investment and tourism, Group Chief Commercial Officer Busera Awel tells The Ethiopian Herald.
The Officer notes that the Airlines gives due attention to domestic service and has been striving to make a three folds’ increment in the number of domestic passengers within the next seven years.
In Vision 2025, Ethiopian has set a target to expand its domestic destinations from 20 to 26 and the number of passengers from 1.4 million to over five million, he adds.
“The Airliner gives the utmost priority to open new routes closer to industrial parks, big factories and commercial farms to boost export and investment thereby supporting country’s vision of becoming a middle-income economy.’’
Busera further states that through expanding the availability of air transport, the flag carrier has built investors’ confidence to engage in Ethiopia’s wider investment opportunities and speeding up country’s urbanization plans.
Ethiopian, as African leading cargo service provider, is also providing adequate air cargo services that is crucial for the fast-growing domestic and foreign trade.
Concerning tourism, the Officer says the Airlines offers a daily ‘Historic Route Service’ to attract tourists to Ethiopia’s famous historic and natural tourist attraction sites.
“In our Northern routes of Bahr Dar, Gondar, Lalibela and Axum, Ethiopian gives ample opportunities to visitors to see world famous obelisks and rock hewn churches as well as the Simien Mountain National Park which is inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.’’
The Airliner’s Eastern routes of Dire Dawa and Harar avail visitors to witnesses country’s blend of natural beauty and history. The Southern destination of Hawassa also provides unlimited opportunities for mountain walks, horse trekking and scenic drive, he adds.
Currently the Airliner has 20 domestic destinations namely Arba Minch, Assosa, Axum, Bahar Dar, Bale Robe, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Gonder, Gode, Hawassa, Humera, Jijiga, Jimma, Kabri Dar, Kombolcha, Lalibela, Mekele, Semera, Shire and Shilavo, it was learnt.
BY BILAL DERSO