Ethiopian Airlines to start four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria: 4th destination in Nigeria
Source: Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, starting 24 May 2014.
The flights to Kano will be Ethiopian 4th destination in Nigeria, in addition to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu, and will be operated as per the following schedule.
With the start of operations to Kano, Ethiopian will be offering 20 weekly flights to and from four cities in Nigeria, availing seamless and convenient connectivity options for the Nigerian traveling public to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In particular, passengers from Northern Nigerian will be able to enjoy best possible connections, with minimum layover in Addis Ababa, to extensive Ethiopian network covering such destinations as Jeddah, Dubai, Cairo, Khartoum, Beirut, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Riyadh and Mumbai.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said "We are very pleased to reinstate our flights to Kano, which will greatly benefit the travelling public of Northern Nigeria. Ethiopian has an unwavering and proven commitment to the Nigerian travelling public. For close to 55 years, we have been providing reliable and world class service to Nigeria, long before any other foreign airline. As a truly indigenous Pan-African carrier, we consider our flights to Nigeria and elsewhere in our great continent as part our responsibility to contribute to the development of Africa and to serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade, tourism, and job creation. We thank the brotherly People and the Government of Nigeria for their continued support to our operations and reaffirm our commitment to continuously enhance our service for the benefit of the Nigerian travelling public."
Kano will be the airline’s 49th African and 81st international destination. Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 80 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights, and using the latest technology aircraft such as the B777s and B787s.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 80 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
Asian Paints to buy 51% stake in Ethiopia-based Kadisco Chemical
Asian Paints (International) Ltd (APIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s largest paints company Asian Paints Ltd, has agreed to buy 51 per cent equity stake in Ethiopia-based Kadisco Chemical Industry Plc for an undisclosed amount, according to a stock market disclosure.
Asian Paints (International) has signed an agreement with the shareholders of Kadisco to acquire either directly or through its subsidiaries, 51 per cent stake of the equity share capital of Kadisco, the disclosure said. Kadisco manufactures and sells paints, other coatings and adhesives in Ethiopia.
In February this year, Asian Paints had hiked its stake in Singapore-headquartered Berger International Ltd (BIL), an investment holding company which manufactures, distributes and sells paint and related products in Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, to around 96.7 per cent.
30 years after Ethiopia famine, 'Valley of Death' blooms
The vivid green landscape was once known as Ethiopia’s “Valley of Death”.
Now, as a mango tree glints in the sunlight beside him, farmer Desta Beletew looks across the fields and describes the transformation. “You didn’t see trees like this, not even the grass, it was just bare fields. People were dying by the road,” he says, reflecting on the deadly famine of 30 years ago, which prompted the Live Aid concerts and one of the world’s greatest ever humanitarian relief efforts.
“Everyone was thirsty, thin, very weak — not strong like now. It was difficult to guess that it could be better. But now the bad times won’t come back.”
Mr Beletew’s confidence is reflected by the variety of crops growing around him in Ethiopia’s Antsokia Valley.
As well as mangos, his farm now produces papayas, oranges and bananas, as well as more traditional local crops such as teff — a type of cereal — onions, sorghum and maize. Bee hives hang from three of his trees, while sheep and chickens provide further income.
Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Light Rail project 60% complete
Is it a great time to be an Engineer in Ethiopia or what? Ethiopia has several ambitious infrastructure projects across the country from the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to Ethiopia's first light rail transit in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia's state-run news agency reports that the construction of the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit project entered electric traction works; a final phase in the construction of the 4.8 million USD electrified rail system.
The power traction works are started yesterday in the West East Rout of the light rail transit from Megenagna to Ayat.
Power traction works include installation of electric poles and overhead wires to power the light rail vehicles as well as construction of 18 traction sub stations, nine on each of the east-west and north-south directions of the transit.
The power traction work is the final phase of the 34km light railway project, project manager, eng. Behaylu Sintayehu said.
The light rail will rely on 15kvs of power supplied mainly from overhead wires. Power cuts will not be a concern for the smooth operation of the transit as the LRT will have a dedicated power supply through a grid system, officials of Ethiopian Railways Corporation said.
The construction of the transit, launched in 2012, is progressing. Nearly 60 percent of its construction has so far completed.
Track was laid on 17km, half of the total length of the project, so far, according to the manager
Ethiopia slammed the extremist anti-dam group International Rivers
International Rivers Network (IRN), an extremist anti-dam group based in the People's Republic of Berkeley has been slammed by the Ethiopian government for its one sided report against the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), on Ethiopia's mighty Abay river.
The National Panel of Experts of GERD accused IRN "of subverting Ethiopia’s efforts to develop its water resources and lift its vast and growing population out of poverty." It accused the IRN of being paid by Egypt in order to lobby against the Renaissance Dam internationally.
"Again, the IRN never loses opportunity to lobby for its Egyptian paymasters. Not only does the IRN talk about the 'oversize' of GERD, but also about the Egyptians’ negative emotions over GERD: anger and fear."
The IRN issued 31 March 2014 a statement about Renaissance Dam along with a leaked version of the report of the tripartite technical committee assigned to study the probable impact of the dam on Egypt and Sudan issued last year.
"One international dam expert who has seen the report states that it shows that construction on the project is proceeding on an aggressively accelerated schedule with little room for adjusting key elements of dam design to reduce harm or prevent problems," the IRN said in its statement.
This website will give unsolicited advice to Ethiopian government, don't honor IRN by responding to their condescending lecture on GERD. Ethiopia does not give a damn to what IRN thinks. We are building GERD with our own dimes on our own terms and IRN and all other environmental extremists should butt off and mind their own damn business in their own damn countries.
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