Ethiopian Airlines has been approved to operate seven weekly flights to Tokyo following the renewal of a bilateral air services agreement between the two countries .
This milestone became a reality following a virtual meeting held on January 25 between Getachew Mengste, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Ethiopia, and Takahashi Yasuhito, Director of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, a division of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and tourism.
Under the updated agreement, both countries agreed to increase the frequency of weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Japan from five to seven, and to remove previous restrictions on Ethiopian Airlines' fifth freedom rights.
Ethiopian Airlines previously had a limit on transit passenger capacity, allowing only 50% of flights transiting through Korea from Addis Ababa to Japan to be loaded. However, this restriction has been lifted under the new agreement, as confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Ethiopia.
Although there are currently no scheduled flights from Japan to Addis Ababa, if such flights begin in the future, conditions agreements will be applied accordingly.