As part of its service expansion plan, Ethiopian Airlines is planning to fly to Chicago, US, from its main hub in Addis Ababa as of June 2018.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam revealed that his airline is planning to start direct flight between Addis Ababa and Chicago next June. Ethiopian already flies to three destinations in the US: Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles; and Chicago will be the fourth destination.
Ethiopian, currently, has more than 100 international destinations and 54 of them are in Africa. “We are committed to connecting Africa with the rest of the world. We connect Africa with its major trading partners in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America,” Tewolde said.
However, flying to the US is not an easy ride these days. Securing landing right from the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a big challenge for foreign airlines. Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways and Egypt Air are the only three carriers from Africa flying to the US, currently. Recently, Kenya Airways also got clearance to fly to the US.