Ethiopian commences direct flights from Mekele and BahirDar to Khartoum

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Airlines is proud to announce that effective October 13, 2011 it has commenced direct international flights from Mekele and BahirDar to Khartoum. The new direct flights will enhance tourism and business travel between Northern Ethiopia and the Sudan thereby strengthening the existing cooperation between the people and governments of the two countries.

Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian said, “Ethiopian Airlines has long been flying from Addis Ababa to Khartoum. The new direct flight services between Mekele, Khartoum and Bahir Dar will enhance the ever increasing economic, social and political ties of the two nations. Tourists, business people and all other travelers from the Sudan and other parts of the world will now have an easy and direct link to the fascinating tourist destinations of Northern Ethiopia.”

With the opening of the new direct flight services between Khartoum, Mekele and Bahir Dar, Ethiopian has developed incredible packages for tourists. Flying to Northern Ethiopia, tourists will visit the source of Blue Nile and Tisisat Falls found in Bahir Dar and the Nejashi Mosque, the first mosque in Africa built in the 7th century AD near Mekele. Tour packages developed in connection with this flight also include the breath taking Rift Valley lakes of Debre-Zeit and Awassa. 2

Ethiopian will provide the new flight services four days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays Saturdays and Sundays using Bombardier Q-400 Aircraft.

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