Ethiopian Airlines cuts ticket prices by 15pc


Ethiopian Airlines (ET) aircraft at JKIA. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has announced discounted air ticket prices of up to 15 per cent for its customers on most routes, raising competition for its rivals that fly to some of the destinations.

The airline that has been on an aggressive expansion plan in Africa has reduced ticket prices for flights to destinations such as Nairobi, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Kigali, Cape Town, Egypt, Mali and Cairo in a promotion that runs until May 30.

To qualify for the discount, customers are required to book flights by February 15 on the airline’s mobile application or website.

“Offer excludes USA, UK, Canada, Dubai, and China,” said the airline in a public statement Thursday.

Under the promotion, it means that passengers on a one-way air ticket flying from Nairobi to Accra in Ghana on March 15 on an economy class ticket will pay 39,658, down from Sh46,656.

Passengers flying on the same route (one-way) on a business class ticket will pay Sh120,788, down from Sh142, 103. Passengers flying from Greece to Nigeria on a one-way economy class ticket on February 10 will pay Sh60,181, down from Sh70, 801.

Passengers flying on the same route (one-way) on a business class ticket will pay Sh248,948 down from Sh292, 880.

The discount in air tickets by Ethiopian comes at a time when the aviation industry is in turmoil following the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 that saw airlines around the world grounded for months.

The development and distribution of vaccines for the respiratory illness is expected to lift demand for leisure and business travel, boosting airline’s fortunes.