Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, celebrated a new milestone yesterday, reaching a million passengers from Dublin Airport
This comes on the back of period of positive growth with a 37% uplift in passenger numbers, load factor increased by 26% and business class traffic up an impressive 79%.
Meseret Tekalign, Country Manager for Ethiopian Airlines said, “Ethiopian’s steady growth since entering into the Irish market in June 2015 can be attributed to offering more choice of routes to Irish travellers with fares that are consistently competitive.”
She added, “We knew coming into a market that had little awareness of Ethiopian would have its challenges however, we’ve worked hard at overcoming them and we’re now seeing positive results. With passenger numbers increasing month on month we added a fourth service in June 2017 to our Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa routes and that increase in schedule means we are now attracting both leisure and business traffic.”
Ethiopian operates a 4 times weekly direct service from Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa, with onward connection to 55 African and 26 international destinations.
Commenting on the celebration Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “I want to congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on reaching this significant milestone. Ethiopian lunched direct services from Addis Ababa to Dublin and on to Los Angeles in June, 2015 so it is particularly impressive that the airline has reached one million passengers in such a short period of time.”
He further added “This strong passenger growth is testament to the popularity of Ethiopian Airlines which also offer connecting destinations in Africa through its Addis Ababa hub. We will continue to work closely with Ethiopian to ensure its continued success in the Irish market.”
Ethiopian first entered the Irish market in June 2015 and was the first airline to operate the Dreamliner out of Dublin and the only carrier connecting the three continents of Africa, Europe and North America through Dublin Airport.
Pictured from left to right; Meseret Tekalign, Ethiopian Airlines Country Manager (ROI & NI), 1 Millionth Passenger and partner, Ms. Emer Hall and Edel Redmond, B2B Marketing for Dublin Airport
16th January 2018