Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will resume flights to Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu from the 1st of October, two years after the east African giant suspended flights to the southeastern state of Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement by its General Manager, Shimeles Arage, in Lagos on Sunday, stating that every week there would be a flight on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with B787 Dreamliner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
“Oct. 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airline’s good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” Arage said.
Mr Arage recalled that Ethiopian Airlines stopped flights to Enugu in 2019 when the Nigerian aviation authorities closed the airport to refurbish the runway.
He said before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu.
NAN reports that the airport was officially re-opened to domestic flights in 2020 and to international flights in August 2021.