Ethiopian Airlines and Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire have entered into a codeshare agreement effective this month (May, 2018). Under the new codeshare partnership, passengers originating from West African countries, especially from Lagos, Bamako, Cotonou, Accra and LomÃ© will board Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire flights and enjoy fast and seamless connection to Newark on-board Ethiopian direct service to Newark via Abidjan.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said: â€œWe are very happy to partner with Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire with a view to connect passengers from West Africa to our new flights to Newark via Abidjan.
â€œI wish to thank the CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire Government and the Minister of Transport in particular as well as Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire for making this partnership possible. Ethiopian new Abidjan flights to Newark will be operated in addition to our existing Newark service via LomÃ©, which is being availed together with our strategic partner, ASKY Airlines.
â€œSuch partnerships among sisterly African airlines are crucial for African countries to fill the connectivity vacuum in the continent and for African carriers to regain their market share in their home market.â€
RenÃ© Decurey, CEO of Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire said: â€œFew months ago, Abidjan airport was certified to carry out direct links with the USA. It is now time to launch theses direct flights and Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire is very happy to carry out the operation in codeshare with Ethiopian Airlines. This agreement will allow Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire to sell the flights as well. â€œWe will therefore be able to offer passengers on our network, flights to the USA via Abidjan with a single Air CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire ticket. We are convinced that this partnership is the beginning of a long collaboration that will fully benefit our two Airlines and African passengers who used to pass through Europe to travel to the USA.â€
Ethiopian currently flies to 58 cities in Africa and more than 112 destinations globally.