ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has suspended flights to over 80 international destinations as of March 29, 2020.
Ethiopian has mentioned the COVID-19 global pandemic as a reason for suspending the flights.
The latest move came days after Ethiopian airlines group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airlines focus has shifted from passenger to cargo operations.
“Our cargoes services have continued to all served cargo destinations,” the airlines said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Over the past six days, the airline has delivered much needed testing kits, masks and other medical supplies to 51 African countries and some European countries.
“We are helping to save lives, and this is one of the greatest intrinsic satisfactions in life for which our brave men and women are proud of,” the airlines said.
Despite suspending its international passenger operations, the airline has not suspended its domestic flights. The demand, however, has declined by 50 percent, according to the airlines.