Sunday, October 14, 2012

► BRAZIL: Ethiopian Airlines delays Sao Paulo launch over lousy slot times.

Ethiopian Airlines (ET), originally meant to have launched their first South American route of Addis Ababa - Sao Paulo, Brazil via Lome, Togo (3x weekly Boeing 787 from December 2012), have now postponed the launch of flights to March 2013 owing to "the inconvenient slot given the airline" by the Brazilian aviation authorities.

No precise timetables/timings by Ethiopian Airlines have been given regarding the route.
ASKY Airlines Lomé, Togo Feeder network (ASKY)
ASKY Airlines Lomé, Togo Feeder network (ASKY)
In an interview with Ethiopian daily, The Reporter, Tewolde-Gebermariam, Ethiopian's CEO said:
We should talk to the Brazilian authorities; since we have connection (sic) flights here in Africa we need a convenient slot."

Lomé, Togo is the main hub for Ethiopian Airlines' subsidiary ASKY Airlines (KP) and is to act as a main tranistory/collection point for Ethiopian in its future South America/West African network expansion plans.