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Ethiopian Airlines set to start direct flights to Atlanta, US

Ethiopian Airlines is set to start flying a 315-seat Boeing 787-9 four times weekly to Atlanta in the United States.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is currently the top airline in Africa, will start flights to Atlanta on May 16, 2023.

This will be Atlanta’s fourth nonstop flight to Africa and the first passenger route operated from Atlanta by an airline that is not named Delta.

According to Global Atlanta, Ethiopian will do a direct connection to Addis Ababa, the country’s capital, starting May 16.

“This announcement is truly significant with Ethiopian Airlines being the largest African carrier to fly out of ATL,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Deputy General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer Jai Ferrell said.

“We are the gateway to the world and this collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines further illustrates our global commitment to our passengers and stakeholders.”

Global Atlanta reports that when it takes off on May 16 from Addis Ababa, the plane will land briefly for refueling in Dublin.

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“Addis Ababa’s high altitude reportedly requires affects planes’ performance, necessitating the pit stop. The nonstop flight out of Atlanta will first lift off the following day at 10:35 a.m,” the journal reported.

“Beyond Addis Ababa, the flight offers one-stop connectivity to a number of other under-served destinations in the region, underscoring Atlanta’s claim as a gateway to Africa.”

Atlanta is the fifth destination in the U.S. and sixth in North America for Ethiopian.

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