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New Aviation Deal Allows Ethiopian to Expand its French Network

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia and France reached a new air transport agreement that allows Ethiopian Airlines to increase its flight operations in the European nation.

The national flag carrier – which has served Paris since 1971 – currently operates a daily passenger flight to the French capital and a thrice-weekly flight to Marseille.

Ethiopian and French civil Aviation authorities concluded their discussions on a new air transport deal with the signing of a new agreement.

The new deal would enable Ethiopian to increase its French flight network outside Paris to six, the national aviation sector regulator disclosed on Wednesday.

Apart from passenger flight services, the airline can now start thrice a week cargo flight service to France per the agreement.

The new deal was signed by ECAA’s Director General Geyachew Mengiste and France Civil Aviation’s air transport bureau Chief Emanuel Viviet.

The two Civil Aviation authorities also agreed to work together in implementing the Sustainable Aviation Fuel initiative.

ECAA, ICAO partner on air navigation plan

Last week, the aviation sector regulator also formed a new partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to collaborate on a National Air Navigation Plan.

“The plan will enable the country to fully optimize its investments in aviation infrastructure and resources,” the ICAO says.

This in turn will provide a strategic and crucially important foundation for enhancement of the efficiency and sustainable flight through its airspace, ICAO said in a statement.

It also underpins the continued safety and security of Ethiopian Airlines services as flight operations both increase and diversity over the coming decades, the statement reads.

The agreement was announced during the Third ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) held for three days in Dubai, UAE.