Starting March next year, Ethiopian Airlines will serve Oslo-Gardermoen airport. The airline will serve the Norwegian capital 3 times a week initially before increasing to 5 times a week from the end of May. It will be the first airline to fly between Oslo and continental Africa on a year-round basis.
Ethiopian, which is Africa’s largest airline, will operate the route using their Boeing 787-8s. The route will run via Stockholm, which will now be served non-stop from Addis Ababa after previously being served via destinations like Cairo, Milan and Vienna.
The flight will arrive just before 9 in the morning and leave just before 8 in the evening, which will enable them to offer plenty of decent connections to both Norwegian and nearby destinations, presumably with fellow Star Alliance-carrier SAS.
The current schedule from airlineroute:
ET714 ADD2350 – 0640+1ARN0740+1 – 0845+1OSL 788 x135
ET715 OSL1945 – 2050ARN2150 – 0620+1ADD 788 x246
Service increases to 5 weekly (Day x13/x24) from 30MAY17
“We are proud of the fact that Africa’s largest airline is commencing their service five times a week between Oslo Airport and Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD). We are also delighted to see that the investments made to develop Oslo Airport are now bearing fruit,” says managing director of Oslo Airport Øyvind Hasaas.
“Norway now has a route to the best connected airport in Africa in terms of transfers to other African destinations. This ensures great opportunities for Norwegian tourists as well as Norwegian businesses and freight,” Hasaas continues, further elaborating:
“Norwegians are the world’s most travelled people – this is obviously of great importance to Ethiopian.” For Norwegians looking to visit the African continent, the establishment of this route means an African hub can now be reached faster and more conveniently than ever before.
“A direct route from Addis to Oslo is timely and very much welcome! This will contribute to further strengthening the long-term partnership between Ethiopia and Norway in many areas. I am confident that this will open new opportunities, says Ambassador Andreas Gaarder”.
“It is important that Norway has an airport with diverse direct flights out into the world. Travelling with a Star Alliance airline means you will have good transfer options onwards with Ethiopian. This will make the route attractive to people all over the country, not just in Oslo and the surrounding area,” Hasaas concludes.