Ethiopian Airlines is applying for permission to operate seasonal service between Addis Ababa and Dublin, through Manchester, the Irish Independent has learned.
His airline has used Dublin Airport as a refueling hub since 2015 for its jets traveling from Ethiopia to destinations in North America.
The Department for Transport has confirmed that it is evaluating Ethiopian Airlines’ application to operate service to Dublin via Manchester from the African country’s capital.
Spokesperson for the Department of Transportation.
Fifth free flight is a service where an airline from one country operates service between two other countries.
It is understood that Ethiopian Airlines intends to operate the new route five days a week and will commence operations in early July, if approved.
The Irish independence It is known that Ethiopian Airlines has previously applied for a license to operate services during the summer of 2021 and winter of 2021-2022.
However, it is believed that the Ministry of Transport has limited the granting of the fifth freelance services between March and November last year as the Covid crisis continues.
Ethiopian Airlines used Dublin for refueling because Addis Ababa’s high altitude meant the plane used more fuel when taking off from the city. The Dublin refueling station is required only on westbound flights to the United States and Canada.
Initially, the flights did not pick up passengers on the stops, but then there were.
Before the pandemic, Ethiopian Airlines operated a route from Addis Ababa to Dublin via Brussels, but later rerouted that route to operate Addis Ababa-Brussels-Manchester.
The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines was engulfed in boiling water last year after CNN reported that the Ethiopian government used its commercial jets to transport weapons between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
CNN had photographic and other documentary evidence that the weapons were shipped. Some photos show weapons believed to have been loaded in November 2020, following the outbreak of civil war in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region.
Ethiopian Airlines strongly denies allegations that its plane was used to transport weapons, calling the allegations “baseless and groundless”.
CNN reports that it has verified documentary evidence that on at least six occasions, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft have been used for such transports.
The Tigray Defense Forces are battling the Ethiopian army and police, while Eritrea is also involved in the conflict as an ally of Ethiopia.
“We do not consider it appropriate to comment on an application that is still under review,” the Department of Transportation said when asked if it had any concerns about CNN’s claims.
Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s largest and most profitable airline.
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