Ethiopian Airlines has obtained fifth freedom rights to operate flights from Manchester to Addis Ababa via Geneva.

The four-times-weekly service will operate via the Swiss city from October 30, with flight times as follows:


Departs Manchester 1850, arrives Geneva 2140

Departs Geneva 2240, arrives Addis Ababa 0730


Departs Addis Ababa 0115, arrives Geneva 0615

Departs Geneva 0715, arrives Manchester 0805

Passengers flying to the Ethiopian capital will remain on-board the aircraft when stopping in the Swiss city.

Flights will be operated by a B787 Dreamliner, configured with both economy and business class cabins. Lead-in fares between Manchester and Geneva start at £222 return (£522 in business).

The Manchester-Addis Ababa route, which previously served via Brussels, was set to become a non-stop service in July 2020 but this never came to fruition.

Country Manager UK, Michael Yohannes, commented:

“We are excited to announce this new route development. Whilst this new service will provide business and leisure travelers, including the traditional Winter Ski market, based in the region a convenient schedule it also underlines our commitment to provide further connectivity options into the African continent.”