Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African carrier serving Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced that it will commence direct flight from Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) to O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, IL) effective as of June 09, 2018

(Associated Press)–Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, Illinois) will soon offer its first direct flights to Africa, connecting the “Windy City” with Addis Ababa, the seat of African Unions and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The Chicago Department of Aviation and Ethiopian Airlines on Monday announced new nonstop service between O’Hare and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Flights will begin June 9, 2018 and be offered three times per week, departing Chicago on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arriving on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Ethiopian Airlines is O’Hare’s newest air carrier partner.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans says the new route will expand O’Hare’s connectivity to the world and “unlock new opportunities for the city of Chicago and travelers across the globe.”

Ethiopian Airlines, often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia’s flag carrier airlines fully owned by the Ethiopian government. Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa serves as the airlines’ hub and headquarter. Founded in 1945, the airline flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier. It is one of the fastest-growing companies in airline industry and is the largest on the African continent.

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The City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States with over 2.7 million residents. O’Hare International Airport is the busiest airport in the world by the number of takeoffs and landings as of 2016, just behind Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airport serves as a major hub for two of the world largest airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines, as well as regional airline Air Choice One.

Sources: Chicago Tribune & Ethiopian Airlines

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