Ethiopian Airlines restarts its operations in Pakistan after 20 years
ISLAMABAD: Ethiopian Airlines first flight landed in Karachi on Tuesday. Thus, the Ethiopian Airlines marked the resumption of its airline service in Pakistan after a gap of 20 years.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the first direct flight carrying 110 passengers onboard landed at Jinnah International Airport Karachi this morning.
The airline will operate four weekly direct flights to Karachi. For this purpose all the formalities are being completed.
The passengers of the first flight include senior Ethiopian officials, diplomats, and a trade delegation. They got a very warm welcome at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah welcomed the Ethiopian flight. Provincial ministers Sharjeel Memon, Nasir Shah, Ikramullah Dharejo, and Murtaza Wahab accompanied the chief minister.
This seems to be a good development in Pakistan at a time when some international airlines are struggling with operations in the country due to financial constraints and restrictions.
“We are excited to return to Karachi nearly two decades after we last served the city. As the most populous city in Pakistan, Karachi will be a crucial gateway to Pakistan and the wider South Asia region,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew.
“As the only flight connecting Pakistan with Africa, the planned service to Karachi will have a significant contribution in strengthening the diplomatic and economic relations between the two regions,” he added.
“It will also offer convenient air connectivity to the growing number of Pakistani investors in Africa as well as tourists.”
In Asia, Karachi is the 37th destination of the Ethiopian Airlines.