Ethiopian Airlines says Irish passenger uplift figures are up 37pc and load factors have increased by 26pc as it named its one millionth passenger out of Dublin.
Passenger Emer Hall, travelling with partner Fergus Whelan, was greeted by Meseret Tekalign, Ethiopian Airlines Area Manager Ireland, at Dublin Airport.
Ethiopian entered the Irish market in June 2015 and was the first airline to operate the Dreamliner out of Dublin and the only carrier connecting the three continents of Africa, Europe and North America through Dublin.
Ms Tekalign, who succeeded Michael Yohannes as Ireland Country Manager in September 2017, added: “We knew coming into a market that had little awareness of Ethiopian would have its challenges however, we’ve worked hard at overcoming them and we’re now seeing positive results.
“With passenger numbers increasing month on month we added a fourth service in June 2017 to our Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa routes and that increase in schedule means we are now attracting both leisure and business traffic.”
Ethiopian operates a 4w direct service from Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa, with onward connection to 55 African and 26 international destinations.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “I want to congratulate Ethiopian Airlines on reaching this significant milestone. Ethiopian launched direct services from Addis Ababa to Dublin and on to Los Angeles in June 2015 so it is particularly impressive that the airline has reached one million passengers in such a short period of time. We will continue to work closely with Ethiopian to ensure its continued success in the Irish market.”
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