Qatar Airways has announced that it will start a service to Ethiopia in September.
The thrice weekly Doha–Addis Ababa operation will be flown by a 144-seat, two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 12 seats in business and 132 in economy.
Ethiopia is becoming an increasingly promising trade hub for European and Asian investments. Just last month, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn extended an invitation to China's entrepreneurs, encouraging them to invest in the region's apparel manufacturing sector.
"Qatar believes in the long-term potential of the destination, hence the reason for its expansion of its international route network there," Colin Neubronner, regional marketing manager of East Asia and Southwest Pacific for the airline, said.
The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa will become Qatar's 20th destination on the African continent, and is part of the carrier's aggressive expansion plan, which has seen the company order nine B777-300ERs (see here) recently, along with frequency increases to Paris (see here), Pakistan (see here) and new services to Basra (see here).