Trade Envoy welcomes announcement of Ethiopian Airlines route from Manchester

Stafford MP and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia, Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the announcement of new long-haul flights between Manchester and Addis Ababa.

The flights, which will run four times a week, will launch on 1st December initially stopping at Brussels on the way Addis and offering onward services all over Africa and the Middle East and to Asia.

Ethiopian currently operates UK flights solely from Heathrow. The Manchester services will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flights will depart Manchester at 19:00, arriving into Addis Ababa at 06:00, and depart Addis at 00:45 arriving into Manchester at 06:55.

Ethiopian operates to 58 cities across Africa and beyond to Southeast, South and East Asia. Return economy fares between Manchester and Addis Ababa start from £499.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “I very much welcome the launch of this new route which will offer better connectivity between the Northern Powerhouse and one of Africa’s main hub airports. By opening up Manchester to visitors and business investors from Ethiopia, this new route will provide a further boost to UK-Ethiopia trade and investment, as the UK looks to take advantage of growing markets around the world.”