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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