Nigerians To Travel To New York In 12 Hours – Airline Official TrendyVoice

2 June 2016

Nigerians To Travel To New York In 12 Hours – Airline Official




Abuja - Mr Solomon Begashaw, the General
Manager of Ethiopian Airline, Nigeria says the
airline has concluded plans to introduce a 12-
hour direct flight from Nigeria to New York.
Begashaw made this known on Thursday in Abuja
at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the
airline.
He explained that the airline would soon
commence flight operations from Lagos to New
York through Lome, Togo in 12 hours.

``Ethiopian Airline as a State Alliance member of
airline operators in the World has expanded the
much needed air connectivity within Africa and
the rest of the world in the last 70 years.
``The normal time of travel from Lagos to New
York is about 20 hours; but we will introduce a
12-hour flight from Lagos to New York three
times weekly.

``That will be the shortest time ever; we are
working with other star alliance members in the
travel industry to achieve this wonderful plan,''
Begashaw said.
According to him, they have connected four
Nigerian cities to the world: Lagos since 1960,
Abuja since 2008, Enugu since 2013 and Kano
since 2014.
Begashaw said that the airline operated an all-
women flight to countries like Saudi Arabia and
had set aside two planes for this purpose.

He explained that the airline was currently
reviewing its vision 2025 which includes
generating 10 billion dollars, connecting 120
international and 26 domestic destinations
among others.
Also speaking, Mr Joshua Ogunrinde, the Deputy
Vice-President of National Association of Nigerian
Travel Agencies (NANTA), Abuja Zone said that
Ethiopian Airline stood out in quality airline
operations in Nigeria.
Ogunrinde, however, commended the Ethiopian
Government for easing the requirement process
of getting visas by Nigerians willing to visit
Ethiopia.

``We hope to see more of quality operations by
the airline in the country's travel industry.
``NANTA has about 1,600 registered members
across the country; and has so far employed over
6,000 people into the travel and tourism sectors
of the country.

``We call on other airline operators in the country
to emulate Ethiopian Airline and partner with us
to ensure that flying business in the country runs
smoothly.
``However, we shall forward to the airline the
authentic list of our members operating in
Nigeria to avoid dealing with unregistered travel
agencies in the country,'' Ogunrinde said.

~vanguard




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