Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to add Madrid to their list of new destinations, starting with initially three flights per week from 15th June 2013 on wards.
All flights will be operated via Rome FCO as the total number of flights to the Italian capital city will rise from presently 8 to 11. The announcement also confirmed that the aircraft used on the route will be a B757 and traffic days will be Monday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving Addis Ababa at 00.25 hrs and returning the next morning at 07.00 hrs, offering network connections both way to a wide range of African destinations.
For a number of Eastern African destinations can the start of these flights not come soon enough as connections from Spain to Africa are still very limited, unless connecting for instant via Heathrow, Brussels or Amsterdam on the European airlines or via the Gulf on Emirates and Qatar Airways. Spain, inspite of the current economic problems, is an important market place and the added flights will offer extra opportunities for joint promotions and marketing.