Ethiopian Airlines is adding more flights to Washington Dulles to its schedule in the United States, despite the fact that its traffic recovery is taking longer than expected.

Airline weekly reports In June, Ethiopian U.S. Regional Director Samson Arega announced that the Star Alliance carrier will commence thrice-weekly flights between Dulles and Lomé, Togo, with connections to its Addis Ababa hub. Ethiopian’s existing daily service from Washington to Addis Ababa will be supplemented by the new flights. Ethiopian also flies to Addis Ababa from Chicago O’Hare, Newark, and JFK in New York. The itineraries from New York include a stop in Lomé.

Ethiopian’s passengers are continuing to return slowly, prompting the additional Washington flights. 70% to 75% of pre-pandemic passenger traffic has resumed, with the airline expecting that percentage to climb as the summer travel season approaches. It expects to recoup 80-85% of 2019 figures the following year.

While Ethiopian Airlines’ passenger recovery has progressed from around 65 percent last summer, it looks to be taking longer than expected. In August, the carrier predicted that traffic would recover to around 80% of pre-Covid levels by the end of 2021.


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