At today’s Ethiopian Airlines inaugural A350 arrival event at Toronto Pearson International, we found out that the airline is working towards launching an Addis Ababa to Montreal flight. In a speech to media at the event, Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager informed those present that the Ethiopian flag carrier was seeking approval from Transport Canada to launch the route.
“We have applied to Transport Canada to go daily out of Toronto and also directly to Montreal. This would be the first airline to connect Quebec with sub-saharan Africa. This is an ongoing process. As soon as we have approval, we would begin the direct flight to Montreal as well as the daily flight to Toronto.” – Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager.
Arega seemed optimistic about getting approval for the new route. Currently, Ethiopian Airlines flies to several destinations in North America including Chicago, Washington D.C., and Newark/New York City. Soon it will also fly to Houston. Currently, all of these routes require a technical stop along the way for refueling. This is what a 2015 Dublin Airport press release had to say about these technical stops:
“As it is a transit stop, Ethiopian will not be accepting passengers in Dublin for the onward flights to either Washington or Toronto. The refuelling stop is required on Ethiopian’s westbound journeys only, as the high altitude at Addis Ababa Airport means aircraft use more fuel on take-off there.”