Exactly one week remains before Ethiopian Airlines launces its new service to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. First announced in August, the route will commence on 30th October using a Boeing 737-800. Ethiopian’s flight will stop in Victoria Falls before carrying onto Bulawayo and then direct to Addis Ababa.

Ready to go

With exactly one week before Ethiopian Airlines lands in its third destination in Zimbabwe, excitement is definitely present. According to Bulawayo 24, airport authorities are excited to see new foreign airlines landing in Bulawayo Airport (BUQ) after an upgrade in its flying facilities recently. Importantly, those living, working, or visiting in the city will no longer have to a long car journey or domestic short flight.

Notably, this is not a direct connection, but rather a connecting flight. Flights will leave Addis Ababa (ADD) at 08:30 AM bound for their usual service to Victoria Falls (VFA), landing at 12:10 PM local time. After an hour on the ground, the flight continues to Bulawayo, touching down at 13:55 local time. The flight will operate 4x weekly, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The return service leaves BUQ at 14:55 and lands at Ethiopian’s hub in ADD at 20:45 local time, 4 hours and 50 minutes later.

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The flight will use one of Ethiopian’s Boeing 737-800s, a workhorse in the continental fleet. Aeroroutes reported in August that the route would see the new 737 MAX 8 deployed through December 1st, which is expected to continue. However, Ethiopian’s website still lists the 737-800 on its booking website.

However, from December 1st onward, the 737-800 will take over the route for the future.

While Bulawayo is served by a few international airlines, none as big as Ethiopian Airlines. The African giant’s entry means that passengers flying in and out of Bulawayo now have the opportunity to make one-stop connection (or two on the way in) to the US, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the continent with relative ease.

Airline executives in the country also highlighted a major opportunity for cargo traffic in and out of Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, saying,

Reliable flight service will mean the city is now globally accessible, with the addition being made due to high demand. Ethiopian is Africa’s biggest airline and shows no signs of slowing down. The carrier was recently picked as the operator and shareholder of upcoming Nigeria Air, further deepening its presence.

What do you think about Ethiopian Airlines’ newest route? Let us know in the comments!

Source: simpleflying.com

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