Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly service from Addis Ababa to Dammam, the capital of Saudi ArabiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eastern Province, starting on February 12.
According to a press release Ethiopian sent to ENA on Friday, Dammam will be its 8th destination in the Middle East and its 64th worldwide.
Ethiopian CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said the new flight to Dammam provides opportunities for business people as well as tourists to explore its investment and leisure potentials.
Dammam is a large metropolitan and industrial area that lies on a peninsula stretching out into the Persian Gulf. It is a major seaport, exporting and importing a wide variety of goods and commodities. It is a center for the oil and gas industry and is the commercial center for eastern Saudi Arabia.
Dammam is also well known for its tourist attractions such as the Coastal Sports Center, Half Moon Beech, King Fahd Park and Alkhleej Makarim Village where tourists can engage in mountain climbing, hiking, skiing or surfing.
Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says, Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe new flight services to Dammam provide opportunities for business people as well as tourists to explore DammamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s investment and leisure potentials.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Dammam will be EthiopianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 8th destination in the Middle East and its 64th worldwide. The new flight schedule will be as follows:
With this new flight, Dammam will be connected to dozens of cities in Africa via EthiopianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hub at Addis Ababa. Convenient connections will be available to and from cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe and Dakar.
Saudi Arabia is the oldest destination in the region for Ethiopian Airlines next to Yemen, and is the only country where the airline flies to three points in one country in that region. Ethiopian currently provides services to Jeddah and Riyadh.
As this route commences, Ethiopian announces a promotional fare from Addis Ababa to Dammam starting from USD 360 for a round trip ticket, which is valid for travel until 30 November 2012.