Ethiopian Airlines to Begin Flights to Chennai, India

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s leading airline, is set to start thrice-weekly operations to Chennai city of India as of 02 July 2022, its officials announced on Monday.

Chennai will join the vast Ethiopian network as the fourth destination in India after New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.



Ethiopian pioneered the air transport linkage between Africa and India. The airlines started its service to India with a debut flight to New Delhi in 1966, just 20 years after the airline was founded.

Recently, the national flag carrier marked its 50th year anniversary of uninterrupted service to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said he was “excited that we are getting closer to our customers with our signature service and global connectivity options. We have been connecting Asia and Africa for 55 years now facilitating trade between the two continents.”

“The addition of Chennai as a fourth passenger destination in India is a testimony of our resilience and unwavering commitment to serve our customers in India and the continent at large.

Chennai is a modern cosmopolitan city and the most prominent cultural, economic, and educational center of South India. Ethiopian flights to the city will be operated using B737-8 aircraft.

“We will continue to serve India with enhanced frequency and more destinations in the future,“ Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin added.

Ethiopian has been serving India without any interruption even during the pandemic cementing the longstanding bilateral relationship between the two countries.



India is one of Ethiopian Airlines key destinations in the Asian continent and Ethiopian currently flies to three passenger and five cargo destinations with its enhanced services and modern fleet.

In line with the airlines commitment to serve its customers in India, it has been growing its service frequency and destinations since it first commenced operation to the country.

Besides the opening of a new route to Chennai, Ethiopian Airlines’ flight frequency to the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi will increase to double daily and ten weekly flights, respectively, as of July 2022.

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