Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalized all the groundwork needed to add new services to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on July 1.
The carrier will operate three-times-weekly round-trips to Brazil with Boeing 787-8 widebodies from Addis Ababa. The flights will make an intermediate stop at Ethiopan Airlines’ second hub at Lomé-Tokoin Airport (IATA code LFW, also known as Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport) in Togo.
Ethiopian’s flights will be the only connection between West Africa and Brazil, according to the carrier.
South America will be the fifth continent in Ethiopian Airlines’ route network. The addition of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will bring Ethiopian’s total of international destinations to 74.
Ethiopian Airlines says it and ASKY, its partner airline in West Africa, will coordinate their schedules to give short, seamless and convenient connections to West Africa passengers traveling to and from Brazil.
Brazil has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and its economy is now the fifth-largest in the world, according to Ethiopian. São Paulo is the biggest city in the southern hemisphere. It is the economic and financial hub of Brazil, hosting the headquarters of numerous major corporations.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural beauty, beaches and carnivals. It is also home to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado and will be hosting both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
“The China-India-Africa-Brazil trade lane is the fastest-growing in the world,” says Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO. “Our new Brazil flights will provide efficient connections with 28 weekly flights to four destinations in China, 14 weekly flights to the two major cities in India, daily flights to Lebanon, five weekly flights to Tel Aviv and almost daily flights to 45 cities across Africa.”
Accoding to Ethiopian Airlines, its passengers to and from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will have convenient connections at Addis Ababa and Lomé to destinations in Ethiopian’s network such as Kinshasa, Kigali, Maputo, Abidjan, Nairobi, Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Mumbai and Delhi.