Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, is set to seek rights to pick up passengers at Dublin Airport on its proposed new Addis Ababa to Los Angeles route.
The airline’s CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, recently confirmed that the company is considering adopting the route and that permission has already been secured from the Irish Aviation Authority for the stopover.
However, the Department of Transport has clarified this by saying the Minister is yet to sign off on any such agreeement. In addition, the airline needs to apply for rights which would allow it to collect passengers at Dublin and fly them to Los Angeles.
Such an application is likely to prove controversial as it could directly impact on existing similar routes operated by Aer Lingus and major American airlines. At present there are no direct flights from Dublin to Los Angeles.