Two Years After, Ethiopian Airlines Returns To Enugu Airport - INDEPENDENT
LAGOS – Two years after suspending scheduled flights to Enugu International Airport, Ethiopian Airline is set to return operations to the airport.
A statement by Shimeles Arage, General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, said that the airline would recommence three weekly flight services to the airport from October 1, 2021, the Nigerian independence anniversary.
The statement hinted that the airline would deploy its Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft to the route, stressing that initially, the flight would operate On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays of every week for now.
The statement added: “October 1 is the Nigerian Independence day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airlines good relationship with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960.”
Ethiopian Airlines stopped flights to Enugu in 2019 when the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) shut the airport to refurbish its runway.
Before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline operating into the airport and since it suspended operations, no international airline operated scheduled flights to the aerodrome.
The airport was officially opened to domestic flights in 2020 and to international flights in August 2021. Enugu is the capital of Enugu State and was the centre of administration in the former Eastern Nigeria.
At present, Ethiopian Airlines operates to four airports in Nigeria; Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu.