ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines said it has launched a passenger flight to India’s Bengaluru city as of today, October 27, 2019.
The capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Bengaluru is dubbed ‘Silicon Valley of India’ and serves as the center of technology and innovation.
“Ethiopian Airlines is a significant player in connecting India and Africa and beyond,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, remarked at the launch of the service.
“The new four weekly flights will connect the important ICT hub city of Bengaluru to the ever-expanding Ethiopian network in addition to our twice daily flights each to the commercial city of Mumbai and the Capital New Delhi,” he said.
The CEO said the flights will complement the existing dedicated freighter flights to/from Bengaluru.
“The addition of Bengaluru to our Indian network will give wider menu of choices to the fastgrowing air travelers between India and Africa and beyond,” he said. “The increasing flight frequencies and number of gateways in India will facilitate trade, investment and tourism to/from the Indian subcontinent.”
Tewolde said the schedule “is carefully designed to connect passengers efficiently through our global hub in Addis Ababa with short connections”.
It will also “provide the fastest and the shortest connections between Bengaluru in southern India and more than 60 destinations in Africa and South America”, the CEO added.
Currently, Ethiopian operates passenger flights to Mumbai and New Delhi as well as cargo service to Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.