AFRICA: Ethiopian Air gets new Kenyan cargo rights

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has granted Ethiopian Airlines a licence to fly cargo on the Addis Ababa-Nairobi route for a two-year period. The license paves the way for one of Africa¡¯s most competitive airlines to fly cargo ¨C using a B757 ¨C between thetwo cities fi ve times a week. Ethiopian Airlines is among […]


The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has granted Ethiopian Airlines a licence to fly cargo on the Addis Ababa-Nairobi route for a two-year period.

The license paves the way for one of Africa¡¯s most competitive airlines to fly cargo ¨C using a B757 ¨C between thetwo cities fi ve times a week.

Ethiopian Airlines is among 30 other domestic and international operators that successfully applied for licences to operate in Kenya.

Eight of the newly licensed airlines and routes were granted to charter operators who are mainly involved in flying European tourists in and out of the coastal resort of Mombasa.

The licences were issued to charter operators based in Amsterdam, Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Recent outbreak of violence and subsequent mass cancellation of booking, however, means that the licensees are unlikely to begin operations in the first half of this year.

Charter airlines Monarch and Euro Fly have also been licensed to fly more frequently to Mombasa¡¯s Moi International Airport.

Also licensed was Egypt Air, which operates passenger services between Nairobi and Cairo.

It got a two-year licence to operate an international non-scheduled cargo service on the Cairo-Sharjah-Khartoum- Eldoret-Nairobi-Cairo route. It will, however not pick or drop cargo between Eldoret and Nairobi.