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Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Stopping Direct Flights to China is Not an Option

Africa's largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, is bucking the trend and continuing to maintain its direct flight schedule to the five cities it serves in Mainland China, despite concerns that it could help to transmit the highly contagious coronavirus. Photo via Ethiopian Airlines.

It looks increasingly unlikely that Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, will join most other African airlines and temporarily halt direct flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak. While six of eight African carriers have stopped flying to China out of fear of transporting passengers infected with the highly contagious virus, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, recently indicated that broader political, economic and Sino-African relationship issues are behind the company’s decision to maintain its direct flights.

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