Published on August 31st, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ethiopian Continue Fuel Stops at Dublin but no Passenger Service Return
Ethiopian Airlines have not set a date for the return of their passenger services to Dublin. The airline currently have three services that stop off in Dublin for refuel before continuing across the Atlantic. These routes have all returned since the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lockdown of air routes. Ethiopian Airlines use Dublin for a crew change and refuelling point for their transatlantic services to Toronto, Chicago and Washington. The flights usually arrive around 05.00am and spend around an hour on the ground at Dublin. The transatlantic flights to Toronto and Chicago both operate five times per week using Boeing 787 Dreamliners while the Washington Dulles service is a daily Boeing 777-200 service. The transatlantic flights operate direct back to Addis Ababa on the eastbound leg.
Ethiopian Airlines previously operated a Boeing 787 passenger service to Dublin four times per week which operated via Brussels. The flight arrived early morning and returned to Addis Ababa via Brussels in the evening. The service had operated via Madrid and Ethiopian Airlines had fifth freedom rights to sell seats on this leg. The routing switched to Brussels in 2019. Ethiopian Airlines are only operating a service to Brussels on three days per week which continues on to Manchester. There is currently no plans in the near future to reconnect Dublin with a direct service to Africa.
Star Alliance partner of Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air who had announced a new service from Cairo to Dublin last January and then put the launch date back until October have now postponed the launch of the route until March of 2021. Egypt Air are still planning to operate the route three times per week using Airbus A320neo aircraft.