Sep 18, 2019: Ethiopian Airlines, one of the biggest African carriers, will launch services to Houston, Texas, starting December 16, 2019.
The carrier informed that it becomes the only carrier to operate direct services between Houston and West Africa, with the new thrice-weekly flights.
The flights will be operated via Ethiopian West African Hub in Lome, Togo.
Ethiopian has said that it will deploy its ‘technologically advanced commercial aircraft’, the Boeing 787, on the route.
The opening of this new route will not only facilitate the travel of the large African community in the Houston area, but also benefit the oil and gas industry and other companies doing business in the region.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States and the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions as well as NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said: “The US is among our most important markets owing to the presence of a large African community and growing investment, trade and tourism relations with Africa. Our new route structure with additional frequencies to multiple gateways and the opening of new route to Houston are aimed at responding to the market demand and availing the best possible connectivity between the USA and over 60 African destinations. The new flights will provide the only direct and most efficient connections between Houston and West Africa.”
Ethiopian Airlines has been expanding its international destinations which have now reached 125.