Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has lauded Ethiopian Airlines for their immense role in promoting tourism and trade in Ghana and the African continent, stressing that the airline’s contribution “cannot go unnoticed”.
“It is no doubt that in the achievement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ethiopian Airlines stands tall when it comes to connecting the countries on the continent and bringing tourism and trade closer to the people. Your effort in the aviation space on the continent cannot go unnoticed and to this, we say thank you,” Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, said in an address delivered on his behalf by Mr. Frederick O. Adom, the Deputy Minister of Transport, at the official inauguration of Ethiopian Airlines’ four times weekly night flights to Accra.
The introduction of four additional night flights to their existing seven (7) flights per week, is to allow the Addis Ababa-based airline to connect Accra to more African destinations. The additional flights are operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
The increase in flight frequency will also allow the airline to provide more travel options to passengers’ onboard sister airline, ASKY Airlines, who seek to connect flights in Accra to various destinations in the world.
Mrs. Pamela Djamson-Tettey, Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) said: “As you may already be aware, Ethiopian Airlines operates daily flights from Addis Ababa to Accra. I am informed that the new night flights will complement Ethiopian Airlines’ regular midday flights making Ethiopian Airlines the largest operator by frequency (11 times per week) servicing Kotoka International Airport. This is commendable.
“The new evening service will undoubtedly offer more connectivity options for travellers in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We hope that this will provide the needed competition and offer travellers affordable fares. As Operators and Managers of Kotoka International Airport, Ghana Airports Company Limited is delighted and encouraged by this development.”
Mrs. Aniley Eshetu, Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, thanked the Government of Ghana and all stakeholders for their continued support, she added that the four additional night flights will further make Ghana the most connected country in the West Africa sub-region and boost trade and tourism.
“Thickening our capacity in Ghana with additional frequency is also a continuation of the same commitment to better serve the Ghanaian travelling public. Moreover, these new additions coupled with our daily morning flights will enable us to connect Accra eleven times a week to our expanding global network spreading across five continents.
Currently, deploying 143 modern aircraft, Ethiopian serves 131 international passenger and cargo destinations, including 63 African cities with daily and multiple flights with a minimum layover in Addis. Ethiopian also has 35 ultramodern aircraft on firm order.
While transiting between your flights at our hub Addis Ababa, a pleasant transit experience awaits you at our newly inaugurated skylight hotel. You may also wish to spend your transit without leaving the terminal, enjoying the mesmerizing view from our In- terminal skylight hotel,” Mrs. Eshetu said.
Source: Aviation Ghana