Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, has finalized preparations to start non-stop direct services to Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently operated via Lome, Togo, effective September 16, 2017.

A statement issued in Accra by Mrs Hanna Atnafu, Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines said Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil and in the southern hemisphere, was the economic and financial hub of the country hosting the headquarters of numerous major corporations.

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines said: “We are delighted to offer our customers a faster and reliable connectivity between Africa, Middle East, Asia and Brazil with one of the shortest total Travel Time, operated with our state of the art fleet, Boeing 787.”

He said moreover, while operating in the midst of the fastest trade lane, the flight to Sao Paulo has been providing efficient connections with 30 weekly flights to 5 destinations in China, 28 weekly flights to India, 14 weekly flights to Telaviv, 14 weekly flights to Beirut and almost daily flights to 55 cities across Africa.

“In December, we shall complement our nonstop service with a fifth flight frequency(Sun/Mon), which will enable tourists and business travellers enjoy convenient connectivity options to/from more than 100 Ethiopian global passenger and cargo destinations.

“Furthermore, this move will also be an impetus to consolidate the multiple ties between Africa and Brazil,’’ he added.

Ethiopian made its debut flight to Sao Paulo in 2013; coordinating its schedules with its partner airline in West Africa, ASKY, to give short, seamless and convenient connections to West Africa passengers travelling to and from Brazil.

Brazil is the largest national economy in South America with diversified economy including agriculture, industry, and a wide range of services such as ecotourism, leisure and cultural tourism.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh