Ethiopian Airlines strategic partner, ASKY Airlines, has finalized preparations to resume services to and from the West African cities of Monrovia, Freetown and Banjul effective November 1, 2017.
Regarding the service resumption, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam said:
“Air connectivity is a vital component and key driver of economic development. As an indigenous African Airline, we have always been committed to connect African states together and with the rest of the world through efficient and seamless network . In line with our multi-hub strategy in Africa: one brand with multiple products, we are proud of the successful partnership with ASKY and we have been successfully serving the needs of passengers travelling within, to and from West and Central Africa through our Lomé hub. The addition of Free Town, Monrovia and Banjul in our vast intra African network would provide travellers from these cities added convenience to seamlessly connect to more than 100 international destination via Ethiopian global network in five continents. Moreover, in addition to these cities, Accra will be able to connect to Ethiopian flights to Newark in Lomé, giving Ghanaian travellers convenient connectivity to the New York triState area.”
ASKY Airlines CEO, Mr. Ahadu Simachew, added:
”Resuming our flights to these West African cities will surely increase our presence in the region. Our passengers will now enjoy new direct flights between: Cotonou – Niamey, Accra – Monrovia, Accra – Freetown, Freetown – Banjul, Douala – Libreville. Above all, the strategic partnership with ASKY has played significant role in enhancing regional cooperation, commerce and people to people ties.”
Ethiopian also operates at its third hub Lilongwe, Malawi with equity partnership, technical and management contract with Malawian. Similar strategic partnerships with a view to form regional hubs and support national carriers are in the pipeline in many African countries.
ASKY Airlines is the Pan-African airline that was created by regional institutions: the Bank for Investment and Development, the West African Development Bank and the ECOBANK Group. It currently operates a fleet of eight aircraft including four Boeing 737s and 4 Bombardier Q400s.