Ethiopian Airlines will launch four-times-weekly scheduled service between its hub at Addis Ababa and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport in the Republic of South Korea on June 18.
Seoul is the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world, after Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
It is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Tongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Seoul is also known for a number of modern landmarks including Lotte World (the world’s largest indoor theme park), Moonlight Rainbow Fountain and the Banpo Bridge, which features a spectacular waterfall and light show.
“With Africa’s economic boom and its growing trade, investment, business and tourism ties with Asia in general and South Korea in particular, Ethiopian is pleased to provide the essential air connectivity that will serve as the engine for the continued growth of these relations,” says Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines.
“With our Seoul flights, we will be able to offer easy and convenient connections through our main hub in Addis Ababa to passengers traveling either for business or leisure between Africa and South Korea,” adds Gebremariam. “As the national carrier of Ethiopia, we are also very happy to start these flights at a historical moment when Ethiopia and South Korea are celebrating the 50th year of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.”
Ethiopian says its new flight will connect Seoul to dozens of cities in Africa via the carrier’s main hub at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. Connections will be available to and from major African cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra and Dar-es-Salaam.
Seoul will be Ethiopian 73rd international destination. The inclusion of Seoul into the airline’s network is part of Ethiopian’s Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with all the major world economic and financial hubs.