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Flights will operate via Istanbul, Turkey, departing Addis Ababa at Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 23h45, arriving in Istanbul at 04h55. Flights from Istanbul will depart from at 05h55, arriving in Moscow at08h35. The return service will depart Moscow on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 21h20, arriving in Istanbul at 23h55. From Istanbul flights depart at 01h05, arriving in Addis Ababa at 06h25.
Regarding the upcoming services, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “It gives me a great pleasure to announce that we have finalized preparations to launch services to Moscow, Russia, the world’s largest country in total area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia. As one of the world’s leading producers of oil and natural gas, Russia offers ample trade and investment potentials for investors. The country’s advanced manufacturing base and light industry also hold further import-export trade potentials with Africa which is endowed with diverse natural resources and raw materials. The air connectivity Ethiopian provides to link Africa and Russia will go a long way towards facilitating and bolstering multifaceted relations between the two regions. Our direct flights will also promote Ethiopian and other African Tourist attractions to the Russian tourists. Russia will be the final BRICS country in our ever-growing global network.”
As of December, Ethiopian will connect Moscow with 59 cities in Africa, with thrice a week flights operated with the ultra-modern 787 Dreamliner, will facilitate better trade, investment and tourism relations between the two regions.