Ethiopian launches direct route to Juba

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Addis Ababa, 11 August 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia Airlines is now offering daily services to Juba with the latest B757 -767 New Generation which boast of higher capacity.

Ethiopian Airlines Ugandan Area Manager, Abebe Angessa said,  “We are pleased to increase our flights to Juba from Entebbe daily starting  5th August 2014. We have been flying to the city via Addis Ababa and now we need our customers from Uganda to get direct services at competitive fares in the region.”

Ethiopia has been allowed the slot following the grounding of Air Uganda by the Uganda CAA.

Angessa said the Boeing B767 240-seater plane has been set aside for the route.

A trip to Juba will cost about $400 and the flight time will take less than an hour.

This means trade between Uganda and South Sudan will be enhanced since Uganda traders will be able to export their goods to South Sudan and vice versa.

He said: “We are offering modern fleet in this route and give out competitive   cargo service our competitors have not been able to match.

Traders in Uganda and south Sudan will have an opportunity to transport their cargo.

Departure from Entebbe International Airport is at 2:00pm and arrival in Juba is at 3:00pm.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa.