Manchester Airport paves the way for the North to connect with the African market
As Manchester takes its place on the international stage, Manchester Airport plays a huge part in the push for our city to gain global recognition. In November 2018 alone, the airport saw 1.85 million passengers travel through it’s three terminals – an increase of 7% year on year. With Manchester Airport undergoing a £1 billion transformation, the travel hub plays an ever-important role in connecting the North with key global markets.
With Manchester leading the way for the North’s connections with the African market, our city further strengthens its links with Ethiopia. From our passion for speciality coffees, many of which are imported from Ethiopia, to The University of Manchester’s scholarships for Ethiopian students, our city has long been linked to the African country.
A host of new routes show Manchester Airport as a global gateway on the rise. Along with a new route to Mumbai (launched in November 2018) and Tel Aviv (launching in May 2019), Ethiopian Airlines now connects Manchester to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Airlines have operated flights from London since 1973, but their new venture is the first time they’ve expanded to the North. Previously, we would have had to travel to Africa via London or other UK airports, but thanks to Ethiopian Airlines’ new route 400,000 passengers are set to connect to Africa faster than ever before.
The landmark route into the heart of Africa launched this December. Four weekly services will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on the state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner with business (return from £1,999) and economy (return from £499) class available.
Much more than just saving us time, the new route is the first step in strengthening Manchester, and the North’s, relationship with the wider African continent. Whether we’re travelling for business or pleasure, the new route opens up 60 seamless connections across Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania.
Ethiopian Airlines investment in our city is just the start of boosting trade and tourism between Manchester and Africa. Thanks to this, Manchester is proving itself as a destination to visit, invest and study in as our city becomes a power player of global connectivity.