Ethiopian Airlines starts freighter operations to Bengaluru, India
DEC 14, 2015: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest, fast growing and most profitable airline in Africa, announced that it has started freighter flights to Bengaluru, the fourth destination in India, in addition to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai, as of December 2, 2015.
Bengaluru is home to more than 2000 high-tech companies and increasingly seeing a high growth in biotech, healthcare and construction industries. Bengaluru has around 200 biotech companies making it the largest biotechnology cluster in India. Moreover, Bengaluru is a nanotechnology hub on the lines of IT and biotech sectors.
Fitsum Abady, managing director, Ethiopian Cargo, said “Ethiopian is growing fast with Cargo a key part of its offering. Our Vision 2025 strategy covers global growth, but our focus is comparatively more to and from Asia, both in terms of frequency and in number of Cargo potential origins to Africa.”
He added, “Ethiopian Airlines has placed itself at the center of the crucial China-India-Africa trade lane helping robust growth of Cargo operation”.
Tadesse Tilahun , Regional director India Sub Continent, said, “Bengaluru is an important sector for us since it is a hub of IT and biotech sectors apart from housing various MNC set ups. Ethiopian Airlines wanted to capitalize on this opportunity by adding Bengaluru as the 4th destination in India in addition to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai, as of 2nd December 2015.”
Ethiopian is global Pan-African global carrier serving more than 90 international destinations across five continents, 25 dedicated cargo destinations worldwide, 15 dedicated cargo destinations in Africa, having the largest Cargo network in Africa and operating youngest fleet including B77F.