This was revealed in Kano by the Area Manager, Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Solomon Begashaw, while addressing Kano based travel Agents at the annual Agency Seminar.
Before now, all travelers have to visit the Ethiopian Embassy in Abuja to procure a visiting visa. As the headquarters of African Union Ethiopia is joining the move by AU to simplify travel within Africa by Africans.
The new arrangement will see selected tour operators and Travel agents assist their passengers in approaching the embassy for visa.
This new arrangement will take away one of the obstacles for travellers to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, the land of Queen of Sheba ,is home to the largest number of UNESCO heritage sites in Africa.
At the successful seminar that was attended by leading agents in Kano, issues involving passenger handling and hajj operations were discussed.
Ethiopian Airlines started its flight to Kano in 2014 but has been flying to Nigeria since 1960.
Today , ET flies to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.
It operates its Major Hub at Addis Ababa a Second Hub in Togo, Lome and a Third Hub at Lilongwe, Malawi. The Ownership is by Government of Ethiopia (100%) and the Chief Executive Officer is Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.
Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa.
In its close to seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian comoeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter and dual-class Bombmands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian’s fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Bardier Q400 turboprop. The average age of the aircraft in the fleet is five years. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25 per cent in the past seven years.
By: Sade Williams