On August 17, Ethiopian Airlines will start service to Bahrain. The African airline will use the Boeing 737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior on the route. Flights will fly between Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa-Bole and Manama, and will be operated via Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
The new route should come as no surprise. Bahrain, a nation made up of about 30 islands, is a key player in trade routes between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
“With the flourishing trade relationships between Ethiopia and the Gulf countries, availability of efficient air transport services will surely play significant roles in ensuring easy movement of people and import/export items,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group. “Our presence in Bahrain dates back to the 1970s, and we are glad that we are now back with scheduled thrice weekly flights.”
Ethiopian will operate flights three times per week: on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
This isn’t the only new route that Ethiopian has announced this year. Since the start of 2017, Ethiopian has started flying to Victoria Falls, Antananarivo, Oslo, Chengdu, Singapore, Conakry, Windhoek, and Moroni. In addition, the airline has announced cargo destinations such as Milan, Zaragoza, and Ahmedabad.
Ethiopian flies to other Middle Eastern destinations besides Bahrain. Included in its network are Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, Madinah, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.
Ethiopian Airlines is the largest African-based airline. It operates the youngest and most technologically advanced fleet in the industry. On average, its planes are five years old or less.