Ethiopian Airlines has announced it would resume flight operations into the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) in Enugu from October 1, this year.
This is coming after 2 years of flight suspension, following airport renovations and issues the airline blamed on logistics.
General Manager, Shimeles Arage, who disclosed this in a statement, Sunday, added after resumption, the airline will operate three weekly flights into the airport, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, using the flagship B787 Dreamliner.
“October 1 is Nigeria’s Independence Day and the flight to Enugu on that day will reinforce Ethiopian Airlines’ good relations with Nigeria since the first flight to Nigeria in 1960,” Arage said.
He added that flights were suspended from Enugu due to airport renovations done by the Federal Government to improve the runway,
“Before the closure of the airport for runway repairs, Ethiopian was the only international airline flying to Enugu,” he noted.
In a related development, Federal Government has lifted the ban on flights from India.
Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this via a new travel protocol released on Sunday, which indicated that the ban has been lifted.
However, the sanctions placed on airlines that convey passengers from restricted countries and travellers who are non-Nigerians remain.