On the eve of the winter season, Russian tourists may receive a new window abroad: another hub is opening for Russians, allowing them to travel to tourist Africa, and from it to other “long-haul” countries. The fact is that Russia is resuming direct flights with Ethiopia. Flights, starting from February, were interrupted for six months, and now they are returning “in the face” of Ethiopian Airlines, which plans to depart from Moscow Domodedovo to Addis Ababa three times a week. Flights are planned to be carried out on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
According to experts, the new direction will allow tourists to fly with transfers to tourist Africa – among the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, as well as the Seychelles and Latin America. Also likely routes include Bangkok, Jakarta, Cairo, and even New York, Washington and Chicago.
As experts commented to Kommersant, the hub is still quite budget-friendly. An Ethiopian Airlines ticket to the Seychelles with a connection in Addis Ababa so far costs 33,000 rubles for 15 hours with a transfer; Emirates tickets for this route cost from 50.7 thousand rubles. moreover, with a 10-hour transfer in Dubai, and with Turkish Airlines – from 177 thousand rubles, and you will have to spend more than a day on the road. So the African competitor of Istanbul and Dubai has certain prospects. Moreover, according to experts, the launch of a new hub will help reduce the cost of flights, especially on some peak dates.
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