Ethiopian Airlines is adding three new Asian destinations to its long-haul network from Addis Ababa.
On June 18, Ethiopian Airlines will begin serving Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, all apparently on a one-stop basis.
In addition, Ethiopian’s flights from Addis Ababa to Hong Kong will no longer make a stop at Bangkok. The carrier will serve Hong Kong daily on a non-stop basis instead of operating four-times-weekly flights routed through Bangkok, as it currently does.
On June 18, also, Ethiopian’s daily Bangkok services will extend to Kuala Lumpur and to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The airline will increase its Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur service from three to four weekly flights.
Ethiopian’s other three daily flights to Bangkok, operated by a 246-seat Boeing 767-300ER, will extend to Ho Chi Minh City.
“The expansion to these three new gateways is a continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world, by adding multiple points in Asia and serving the air connectivity needs of the continent,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines says the move will give it two gateways in Asia: Bangkok will serve mainland Southeast Asia and Hong Kong will serve East Asian cities.
Accordingly, it appears Ethiopian will serve Manila and Seoul by extending its daily flights to Hong Kong to one or other of the two cities, on different days of the week.