Ethiopian Airlines to route further flights through Dublin
Move seen as carrier pushing for further rights to recruit additional Irish passengers
Ethiopian is planning to route services to Washington DC and Toronto via Dublin from next May
The African airline began flying from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles via Dublin, where it has the right to take on board passengers on the outbound and return trips.
These will be transit-only stops and the airline will not have the so-called “fifth freedom rights” which allow it to pick up passengers during stopovers between Addis Ababa and Los Angeles.
However, it is thought that the transit stop could be the first step to it seeking fifth freedom rights for those services.
Aer Lingus already serves both Washington DC and Toronto from Dublin.