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Ethiopian Airlines gives air-tickets discount to AU summit delegates

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  • A reduction in air fares is being offered for people attending the AU Summit using Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Ethiopian Airlines is now operating at 70% of its pre-Covid-19 pandemic capacity.
  • The AU Summit theme is “Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development”.

Ethiopian Airlines has reduced air ticket fares by up to 15% specifically for delegates travelling to the country for the African Union (AU) Summit.

In a statement, the national flag carrier offered “15% off on Business and 12% on Economy class fares to all participants”.

The airline said for delegates to qualify for the promotion that runs from 2-6 February, they would have to provide proof that they would be attending the summit. 

“The discount is applicable on all fare basis, except promotional fare, and passengers should present a letter of invitation or other documents which show they are a participant of the AU Summit,” the airline said.

Operating at least 130 aircraft, the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines is one of the most profitable carriers in the world. The airline’s chief executive officer, Tewolde Gebremariam, addressing the Travel and Connectivity Week at the Dubai Expo last month, said the airline was operating at 70% of the pre-Covid-19 pandemic capacity.

During the worldwide lockdown period, cargo kept the airline profitable. The AU Summit presents Ethiopia with an opportunity to market and sell its tourism packages, such as the country’s historic sites, game parks, archaeological findings, and ancient culture.

With the AU Summit underway at a time the world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hotel Owners’ Association of Ethiopia has promised its members will adhere to all prevention measures.

‘Building resilience in nutrition’

This year’s summit theme is “Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development”.

At the end of the summit, Senegal will take over from the Democratic Republic of Congo as head of the rotational African Union Assembly of Heads of State, the organisation’s highest decision-making body.

Senegalese President Macky Sall has vowed to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly improving vaccine rollout and manufacturing in Africa, during his term. His other areas of concern are peace and security, with a special interest in counter-terrorism, given the increasing threat of jihadism in the Sahel region.

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