Addis Ababa –Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), the fastest growing Airline in Africa, is to start flights to Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province, on May 22, adding its roster of destinations to the world’s most populous nation to five.
Chengdu is known to be a tourist hot spot in China with attractions including giant pandas and Sichuan’s historic artifacts and culinary tradition.
In a statement sent to Xinhua on Thursday, Ethiopian says it plans to inaugurate the new destination in the presence of China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan, ET’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and Abadula Gemeda speaker of Ethiopian Parliament at a ceremony on Sunday.
Ethiopia currently has four destinations, being Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, one of China’s leading manufacturing regions.
In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 95 international destinations across five continents.