Ethiopian Airlines confirmed on Monday (May 14) that it would operate a four-times-a-week service between Addis Ababa and Manchester in the UK.

The airline, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate a B787 on the route with business and economy class. The service will start on December 1, initially transiting via Brussels.

Flight schedule is as follows:

-Depart Manchester at 19h00 and arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 06h00, providing significant onward connectivity options from the African hub.

-On the return, the flight will depart Addis Ababa at 00h45 and arrive in Manchester at 06h55.

The route will unlock more than 58 countries across the African continent to those travelling from Manchester.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam comments: “The socio-economic implication of the new flight is immense. With vast investment and trade potential between Africa and the UK, the upcoming flight holds the promise of boosting trade, investment and tourism with ample business opportunities for investors and business people from both regions.”

Manchester Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan, says: “While we have served a number of African holiday destinations for many years, this service will provide vital connectivity to one of the continent’s most important hub airports.

That will unlock dozens more destinations across Africa through Ethiopian Airlines’ unrivalled network, meaning the north will be better connected to this part of the world than ever before.”

“The new route connecting Manchester with Addis Ababa is a great success for Greater Manchester and for the wider north of England. This opens up Greater Manchester to visitors, business investors and students from a new continent,” says Sheona Southern, MD of Marketing Manchester.