The management of Ethiopian Airlines has been holding talks with the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a view of opening a hub in the capital Kinshasa, the airline CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told US magazine Bloomberg in an exclusive interview.
This will be the company’s fourth hub in Africa after Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia), Lomé (Togo) and Lilongwe (Malawi).
The airline hopes to make Kinshasa one of its strongest bases to conquer China and strengthen its long-haul flights to Latin America destinations such as Brazil, the magazine reported.
“Congo is a large country and a large market… We think it will attract a lot of foreign direct investment… Besides, it is in the middle of Central Africa,” Gebremariam said.
Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines is due to launch its first flight to China on 29 March this year, and the first destination will be China’s bustling commercial capital Shanghai from Addis-Ababa, Paris-based Jeune Afrique magazine reported.