Benelux: Ethiopian Airlines to Cancel Flights from Brussels and Addis Abeba
Ethiopian Airlines will most likely cancel its passenger flights between Brussels and Addis Ababa beginning December 2013. Brussels Airport acknowledges the fact it was informed on the company’s intentions of leaving, but says talks are still going on in an effort to undo the decision.
Ethiopian is an important player on the African market. A considerable number of passengers fly from Brussels to Addis Ababa through Paris, only to take another regional flight from the Ethiopian capital. This makes Ethiopian Airlines one of Brussels Airlines main competitors in Africa. A possible departure from Brussels would be very good news for Belgium’s national airline, especially considering the ever growing competition for the African market. For the airport, losing Ethiopian Airlines is of course bad news, as it will lose six flights each week, representing 35,000 passengers on an annual basis.
Ethiopian Airlines is the second company cancelling its connection to Brussels, after American Airlines earlier this year. Ethiopian is launching service to Munich, where it will operate a daily Addis Ababa – Munich – Stockholm route as of December.