Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ethiopian Airlines: West & Central African Routes, 2011

Ethiopian Airlines' serves the vast majority of African capital cities, webbing out from Addis Ababa. Here, one of the airline's few weak spots on the continent, a lack of service between Dakar and Abidjan, is evident.

After announcing service from Accra to Monrovia and on to Conakry in late 2009, the outbreak of conflict in Guinea scrapped the extension, and a promising B757 service to Robertsfield was downgraded to a regional service from Spriggs-Payne Airport by Ethiopian's Lomé-based affiliate, ASKY Airlines.

With ASKY spreading rapidly throughout the West African region, it seems Ethiopian's strategy for the sector is limit mainline services from Addis Ababa into these smaller markets. Still, full-sized jet services operate into under-served cities such as N'Djamena, Bangui, and Malabo. Note the service from Khartoum to Juba, capital of the soon-to-be independent Southern Sudan.

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