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Ethiopian Airlines to return to London Gatwick in November

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will return to London Gatwick this November.

Starting 21st November 2023, Ethiopian Airlines will operate three-flights-a-week between Bole Addis Ababa International Airport and London Gatwick Airport with the following schedule:

  • Addis Ababa-London Gatwick
  • Departure time: 00:15
  • Arrival time: 05:15
  • Flight time: 8 hours
  • Flight number: ET718
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  • London Gatwick-Addis Ababa
  • Departure time: 10:10
  • Arrival time: 20:40
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: ET719
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

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Flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A350-900 aircraft featuring Business and Economy Class cabins.

We have a 50-year relation with UK. We give high regards to our Heathrow services and now we are excited to add Gatwick to our vast global network. We are ready to stretch our reach to Gatwick and provide our renowned, award-winning services. History has it that we last served Gatwick in 2005 and 2006 using the Boeing 757. Now the route will be served by the most modern Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Over the years, we have established commendable partnerships with over 100 UK based companies in the aviation sector. Our expansion in the UK, among others, will enable us to nurture this cooperation and partnership to a higher level.

said Mesfin Tasew, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines.

This will mark Gatwick’s first direct flight to the Ethiopian capital since 2006. London Gatwick now offers more than 80% of its pre-Covid long-haul routes, with 50 long-haul services on offer.

Returning to 50 long-haul routes is a milestone moment for London Gatwick. While we’re delighted to offer passengers such an expansive range of short-haul routes across Europe, we’re also proud to provide connections to an increasing range of destinations around the world. These services are vital not only for offering people across London and the South East an excellent choice of holiday locations, or for visiting family and friends, but also for supporting local and regional businesses. Whether that’s outbound trade or inbound tourism, growing London Gatwick’s long-haul network is crucial for economic opportunities across the region.

said Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick.

In the United Kingdom, Ethiopian operates a daily flight to London Heathrow as well as a 5-weekly service to Manchester via Geneva.

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