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Ethiopian Airlines set date to start Ghana-Canada direct flights

Mr. Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says the airline stands ready to start operating the route as soon as the Canadian authorities approve the request.

Ethiopian Airlines set date to start Ghana-Canada direct flights | By Dominick Andoh

Ethiopian Airlines says it is working with relevant authorities in Canada to start its planned Ghana-Canada direct flights in the first quarter of 2025.

The Addis Ababa-based airline early this year, was granted a 5th Freedom right to operate direct flights between Accra, Ghana and a yet-to-be named city in Canada.

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Fifth Freedom Rights refer to the right to carry passengers from one’s own country to a second country and from that country onward to a third country. Some international airlines that service the Kotoka International Airport exercise Fifth Freedom, as granted by the Ghana CAA, and operate flights from Accra to other third countries within the sub-region such as Abidjan, Freetown, and Dakar.

Approval from Canadian authorities is, however, still outstanding for which reason the airline is yet to start flights between the two countries.

Mr. Lemma Yadecha Gudeta, Chief Commercial Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, on the sidelines of the recently held IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit held in Dubai, UAE and hosted by Emirates Airlines, disclosed to AviationGhana that ET expects to receive the “approval from Canadian authorities by the last quarter of this year” and commence direct flights between Ghana and Canada in Q1 of 2025.

There are no flights between West Africa and Canada despite the increasing traffic between the sub-region and the north American country, a gap Mr. Lemma Yadecha Gudeta, Chief Commercial Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, says they are ready to fill. Ethiopian Airlines set date to start Ghana-Canada direct flights

By Dominick Andoh (AviationGhana.info@gmail.com)

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