Direct flights between Ethiopia,Jamaica in the near future

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The Jamaican and Ethiopian governments have opened the floor to start serious discussion into having direct flights between both countries.

The facilitation of long haul flights between Jamaica and Ethiopia, through Ethiopian Airlines, was the subject of a recent discussion between Mike Henry, the minister of transport and mining, Girma Birru, the Ethiopian ambassador to Jamaica, North America and Mexico.

In outlining the benefits of long haul flights between Jamaica and Ethiopia, Birru said: “Long haul flights between Ethiopia and Jamaica will increase prospects for tourism and trade between the two countries, particularly because Ethiopia views Jamaica as the gateway to the Caribbean.”

Ethiopian Airlines is owned by the Ethiopian Government, serving 81 international destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. It is also one of the fastest growing companies in the airline industry and is among the largest on the African continent.

The airline was the recipient of the 2016 African Airline of the Year Award. Long haul flights between Jamaica and Ethiopia would make it easier for Jamaicans and Caribbean nationals to travel throughout the African continent.

The discussion regarding long haul flights is an important step as Ethiopia seeks to further strengthen its cooperation with Jamaica and exchange best practices for the development of tourism in both countries and the region.

Many Jamaicans, especially those of the Rastafarian community, reveres Imperial Ethiopia under the former Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Birru also met with Babsy Grange, minister of gender, culture, entertainment and sport; and Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information. He also met with senior officials in the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Birru departs the island on Tuesday, after a tour of Half Moon Resort where he is slated to view the tourism offering on the Western side of the island.

The Ethiopia Consulate in Jamaica is expected to continue working to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

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