The Magic of Ethiopia
Why are so many South Africans choosing to connect to their destinations in Africa, Europe and Asia through Ethiopian Airlines? Great value tickets might be the first reason travellers choose to fly with Ethiopian, but there’s more to this airline than affordability. Here are some things you might not know about Ethiopian Airlines and the country it flies out of.
The biggest hub in Africa
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the biggest aviation hub in Africa, accommodating up to 22 million passengers a year. Recently, it surpassed Dubai as the leading transfer hub into and out of Africa.
The terminal has been renovated and now comes equipped with modern amenities including automated bag drop solutions, e-gates, self-check-in kiosks, baggage handling and the latest airport security technologies. There is also a new five-star luxury hotel – Ethiopian Skylight Hotel – which boasts 373 guest rooms and spacious executive suites, the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa and a conference hall that can accommodate 2500 people.
Recognised as Africa’s best airline
Ethiopian Airlines is known as the pride of the nation, having been operating for over 70 years. The airline flies to 119 international destinations across five continents, which makes it many African travellers’ first choice when it comes to connecting to the rest of the world.
The multi-award winning airline has won many accolades over the years, most recently the African Champion of the Year Award. Rated as a four-star airline by Skytrax, Ethiopian has also been recognised as the Best Airline in Africa for seven years in a row.
Easy to book
Ethiopian Airlines has made it easier than ever to travel with its mobile app, available for both iOS and Android. The app can turn any smartphone into an all-in-one travel assistant, allowing customers to book flights, pay, check in and secure their boarding pass, as well as self-board.
Customised with a suite of innovative features including document scanning, and mobile wallet for boarding pass, localisation, the app places convenience at customers’ fingertips, wherever they are. Over 27 payment options make it easy for anyone to enjoy Ethiopian’s signature hospitality.
The gateway to Ethiopia
Not only are more people choosing Addis Ababa as a transfer destinations, many are also stopping over for longer and discovering Ethiopia’s abundance of natural, cultural and historical tourist attractions. As the land where mankind, coffee and the Blue Nile trace their roots, Ethiopia has always been a captivating destination.
Known as the Land of Origins, the country is blessed with several UNESCO heritage sites. These including the ancient city of Aksum with its carved obelisks, the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, the rock-hewn cave churches of Lalibela and the fortified historic town of Hara Jugol. Unique species such as the Walya ibex, Simien fox and Ethiopian wolf make the country a paradise for wildlife lovers.
What’s more, it’s never been easier to include a stop in Addis Ababa with an e-Visa. All you have to do is apply for your Visa online - no need to visit an embassy or consulate or stand in a queue. South Africans can also obtain Visas on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole.
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