Ethiopian Airlines is the national airline of Ethiopia and is owned by the Ethiopian Government. The airline's hub and headquarters are both located at Bole International Airport situated in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines offers the most African destinations to passengers and is one of the largest African airline companies. It has been named 'Best Airline in Africa' by Skytrax for 3 years in a row since 2017 and has been servicing passengers for over 70 years since 1946.
The airline 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 centres: Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; ET In-flight Catering; and Ethiopian Ground Services. It also owns nearly 50& of Tchadia Airlines. For passengers wishing to book Ethiopian Airlines tickets in the local currency, we offer the option to buy flights in Ethiopian Birr.
Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to over 100 international and over 20 domestic destinations:
Below is a list of all the domestic destinations within Ethiopia:
|Addis Ababa||ADD||Addis Ababa Bole International Airport|
|Arba Minch||AMH||Arba Minch Airport|
|Bahar Dar||BJR||Bahir Dar Airport|
|Dire Dawa||DIR||Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport|
|Jimma||JIM||Aba Segud Airport|
|Kebri Dahar||ABK||Kabri Dar Airport|
|Mekele||MQX||Alula Aba Airport|
|Angola||Luanda||LAD||Quatro de Fevereiro Airport|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||EZE||Ministro Pistarini International Airport|
|Austria||Vienna||VIE||Vienna International Airport|
|Bahrain||Manama||BAH||Bahrain International Airport|
|Botswana||Gaborone||GBE||Sir Seretse Khama International Airport|
|Brazil||São Paulo||GRU||São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport|
|Burkina Faso||Ouagadougou||OUA||Ouagadougou Airport|
|Burundi||Bujumbura||BJM||Bujumbura International Airport|
|Cameroon||Douala||DLA||Douala International Airport|
|Yaoundé||NSI||Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport|
|Canada||Toronto||YYZ||Toronto Pearson International Airport|
|Chad||Ndjamena||NDJ||N'Djamena International Airport|
|Chile||Santiago||SCL||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport|
|China||Beijing||PEK||Beijing Capital International Airport|
|Chengdu||CTU||Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport|
|Chongqing||CKG||Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport|
|Guangzhou||CAN||Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport|
|Nanjing||NKG||Nanjing Lukou International Airport|
|Shanghai||PVG||Shanghai Pudong International Airport|
|Ürümqi||URC||Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport|
|Colombia||Bogotá||BOG||El Dorado International Airport|
|Comoros||Moroni||HAH||Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport|
|Côte d'Ivoire||Abidjan||ABJ||Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Goma||GOM||Goma International Airport|
|Lubumbashi||FBM||Lubumbashi International Airport|
|Djibouti||Djibouti City||JIB||Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport|
|Egypt||Cairo||CAI||Cairo International Airport|
|Eritrea||Asmara||ASM||Asmara International Airport|
|Equatorial Guinea||Malabo||SSG||Malabo International Airport|
|France||Marseille||MRS||Marseille Provence Airport|
|Paris||CDG||Charles de Gaulle Airport|
|Gabon||Libreville||LBV||Libreville International Airport|
|Ghana||Accra||ACC||Kotoka International Airport|
|Greece||Athens||ATH||Athens International Airport|
|Guinea||Conakry||CKY||Conakry International Airport|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||HKG||Hong Kong International Airport|
|India||Ahmedabad||AMD||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport|
|Bangalore||BLR||Kempegowda International Airport|
|Chennai||MAA||Chennai International Airport|
|Delhi||DEL||Indira Gandhi International Airport|
|Hyderabad||HYD||Rajiv Gandhi International Airport|
|Mumbai||BOM||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport|
|Indonesia||Jakarta||CGK||Soekarno–Hatta International Airport|
|Israel||Tel Aviv||TLV||Ben Gurion Airport|
|Italy||Milan||MXP||Milan Malpensa Airport|
|Rome||FCO||Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport|
|Japan||Tokyo||NRT||Narita International Airport|
|Kenya||Mombasa||MBA||Moi International Airport|
|Nairobi||NBO||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport|
|Kuwait||Kuwait City||KWI||Kuwait International Airport|
|Lebanon||Beirut||BEY||Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport|
|Madagascar||Antananarivo||TNR||Ivato International Airport|
|Nosy Be||NOS||Fascene Airport|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||KUL||Kuala Lumpur International Airport|
|Malawi||Blantyre||BLZ||Chileka International Airport|
|Lilongwe||LLW||Lilongwe International Airport|
|Mali||Bamako||BKO||Senou International Airport|
|Mexico||Mexico City||MEX||Mexico City International Airport|
|Maputo||MPM||Maputo International Airport|
|Namibia||Windhoek||WDH||Hosea Kutako International Airport|
|Niger||Niamey||NIM||Diori Hamani International Airport|
|Nigeria||Abuja||ABV||Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport|
|Enugu||ENU||Akanu Ibiam International Airport|
|Kano||KAN||Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport|
|Lagos||LOS||Murtala Mohammed International Airport|
|Norway||Oslo||OSL||Oslo Gardermoen Airport|
|Philippines||Manila||MNL||Ninoy Aquino International Airport|
|Qatar||Doha||DOH||Hamad International Airport|
|Republic of the Congo||Brazzaville||BZV||Maya-Maya Airport|
|Russia||Moscow||DME||Domodedovo International Airport|
|Rwanda||Kigali||KGL||Kigali International Airport|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||DMM||King Fahd International Airport|
|Jeddah||JED||King Abdulaziz International Airport|
|Riyadh||RUH||King Khalid International Airport|
|Senegal||Dakar||DKR||Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport|
|Seychelles||Mahe||SEZ||Seychelles International Airport|
|Hargeisa||HGA||Hargeisa International Airport|
|Mogadishu||MGQ||Aden Adde International Airport|
|South Africa||Cape Town||CPT||Cape Town International Airport|
|Johannesburg||JNB||O. R. Tambo International Airport|
|South Korea||Seoul||ICN||Incheon International Airport|
|South Sudan||Juba||JUB||Juba Airport|
|Spain||Madrid||MAD||Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport|
|Sudan||Khartoum||KRT||Khartoum International Airport|
|Sweden||Stockholm||ARN||Stockholm Arlanda Airport|
|Tanzania||Dar es Salaam||DAR||Julius Nyerere International Airport|
|Kilimanjaro||JRO||Kilimanjaro International Airport|
|Zanzibar||ZNZ||Zanzibar International Airport|
|Thailand||Bangkok||BKK||Suvarnabhumi International Airport|
|Togo||Lomé||LFW||Lomé–Tokoin International Airport|
|Uganda||Entebbe/Kampala||EBB||Entebbe International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||DXB||Dubai International Airport|
|United Kingdom||London||LHR||London Heathrow International Airport|
|United States||Chicago||ORD||Chicago O'Hare International Airport|
|Newark||EWR||Newark Liberty International Airport|
|New York City||JFK||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|Washington, D.C.||IAD||Washington Dulles International Airport|
|Zambia||Livingstone||LVI||Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport|
|Lusaka||LUN||Lusaka International Airport|
|Zimbabwe||Harare||HRE||Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport|
|Victoria Falls||VFA||Victoria Falls Airport|
Business Class passengers are permitted 2 pieces of baggage weighing no more than 7kg/15lbs each without extra cost. For Economy Class passengers, one piece of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg/15lbs is permitted at no extra cost. Passengers may also carry the following items as long as they do not exceed 5kg/11lbs: small handbag, laptop, overcoat or blanket, small camera, reading material and infant's basket.
The checked Ethiopian Airlines baggage allowance for passengers varies depending on the booking class and destination. All luggage shall not exceed 158 cm (62 inches) for the sum of the three dimensions. Please click here for more information on the route you are flying on.
Online check-in is available between 2 and 36 hours before departure and will enable passengers with Ethiopian Airlines to confirm their attendance, select their seats and make their way through the airport more efficiently. Check out the web check-in page to find out more information, or our online check-in page to find out about Alternative Airlines.
Check-in counters open 3 hours before scheduled departure time and close 1 hour before, regardless of the airport of departure or whether its an international or domestic flight. Airport check-in can be completed by visiting the check-in desks or at one of the self-service kiosks.
On certain flights, passengers have access to in-flight entertainment selection on the screens built into the seat in front of them.
Ethiopian Airlines offers TV programs on certain aircraft to help passengers pass the time during their flight.
Ethiopian Airlines provides movies for passengers to enjoy on certain long-haul aircraft.
In-flight WiFi is available on all A350 fleet. Passengers flying in any class can buy WiFi vouchers at Ethiopian Airlines customer service desks, from cabin crew at boarding gates or online.
Price is based on megabytes: $10 USD for 100MB or 4,000 miles; $20 USD for 200MB or 8,000 miles
(Current prices as of October 2019).
Ethiopian Airlines offers multiple class fares: Economy and Business.
Ethiopian Airlines' Economy Class is full of comfort, warm hospitality and service with a smile.
On-board, facilities provided in Economy class include light snacks or hot meals on all flights with a range of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and wine. Every passenger can enjoy the Ethiopian cuisines provided on all flight routes. Children meals are also available.
In-flight entertainment is available with music, documentaries and films.
Comfortable seating is provided in Economy Class with entertainment included. Most seating on the Boeing aircraft is 33in/83cm by 17in/43cm
"Cloud Nine" is the name of Ethiopian Airlines' Business Class fare
Business Studios are available on the 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 777 and B767, focused on providing a luxurious experience.
In-flight, relax with personal mood-lighting and a massage function, all provided at the touch of a button. Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, as well as touch screen/high definition TV’s, with noise-cancelling headphones, and a Dine Anytime menu. The amenity kit includes two exclusive Colonia products. The A380 Upper Deck also provides a boutique hotel-inspired Lobby space.
Both cold canapés and hot meals are provided on short-haul flights in Business Class, depending on the flight times. A range of hot and cold drinks including coffee and tea are also provided.
A variety of international dishes, as well as Ethiopian national dishes are served on medium and long haul flights. A dessert selection and cheeses are followed with a serving of coffees and teas. Ethiopian 'Kolo' - roasted barley - or crackers with complimentary drinks, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks are served too during the flight journey.
The Business Studio’s have a unique design, with forward and rear-facing seats, aimed at offering increased personal space. There are two seating options available, depending on the airplane body. On narrow-body aircraft, Business Seats offer a generous recline as well as ample legroom. On wide-bodied aircraft, Business flatbed seats recline into a fully-flat bed, with full-size comforters and pillows, back support, and adjustable headrest and cushion firmness!
Meals are inspired by traditional Ethiopian cuisine, from the traditional national dish ‘Injera be wot’ to ‘Teff’ bread, made with the highest quality and freshest ingredients. In Economy class, passengers are given complimentary meals from a light snack to a hot meal, depending on the time and duration of your flight. In ‘Cloud Nine’ cabin, passenger are given a variety of meals, dependent on the duration and departure time of your flight. These are served with fresh fruit, cheese plate, Ethiopian ‘Teff’ bread and a choice of deserts.
The Ethiopian national dish - Lasagna - is found on the following flight routes in Economy Class: 404, 406, 414, 416, 500, 502, 510, 602, 710, 809.
Ethiopian Airlines don’t provide any set special meals, however, if you require a special meal such as a vegan or vegetarian meal, gluten free meal or Kosher meal, contact the airline directly to see what they can do to accommodate you.
Passengers can enjoy a selection of drinks on board their Ethiopian Airlines flight, either to accompany their meal or as an aperitif. The selection of drinks include items such as soft drinks, beers and wine.
Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the major hub for Ethiopian Airlines and is one of the largest airports in Africa. The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport. It is located in the Bole area.
Other airlines which fly to and from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport include Air China, Emirates, Egyptair, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, SAS, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, flydubai and many more.
The Cloud Nine Lounge at the departure hall in Addis Ababa Airport is exclusive for Cloud Nine passengers where they can wait for their flight in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere in comfortable seats.
EA has a frequent flyer program called ShebaMiles to reward regular travellers. There are three various membership Tiers including Blue Membership Card, Silver Membership Card and Gold Membership Card. In addition, ShebaMiles cardholders with Gold or Silver status can make use of the Sheba Miles Lounge facilities.
You can collect frequent flyer points easily with Alternative Airlines and reap the benefits from your chosen alliance. If you are not a member of an Airline Alliance yet, have a read of our article to give you an idea of which frequent flyer program is best for you.
|Airbus A350-900 XWB||14|
|Boeing B737 MAX||4 (Grounded)|
|Boeing B777-200LRF (Cargo)||10|
|Boeing B737-800F (Cargo)||2|
Ethiopian Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, which is one of the leading global airline networks, and therefore the airline has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Air China, Air India, Asiana Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SAS, Rwandair, Oman Air, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has agreements with Malawian Airlines and ASKY Airlines. The Star Alliance has 26 member airlines. Originally founded in 1997, the Star Alliance began with five founding members which included Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to more than 1,300 destinations and even more investment being pumped into frequent flyer programs. There are more than 762 million customers travelling with Star Alliance members every year.
Please click the logos below to find alternative airlines that fly to Ethiopia too:
11 April 2022
Ethiopian Airlines is excited to announce the launch of a new pan-African airline, Air Congo, which is set to begin service in 2022. Air Congo hasn't yet announced its destinations but has confirmed it will fly from one of the following cities: Goma, Kinshasa, Kisangani or Lubumbashi. Air Congo will also be supporting Ethiopian Airlines with its routes to and from Addis Ababa.
21 January 2020
Ethiopian Airlines have plans to increase their fleet from the current 121 aircraft to over 200. The airline's CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport will be bigger than Dubai Airport but similar to the new Istanbul Airport (IST).
Ethiopian Airlines has been the strongest performing airline in Africa. In 2019, the airline had $260 million operating profit with a 6.5% margin, which makes them the most profitable airlines in Africa.
The current airport that the airline is based has its new terminal opened in January 2019 with a capacity of 22 million passengers per year. However, with the airline's plan for 2050, they decided a new airport is needed for its expansion.