Nigeria, Ethiopian Airlines in Talks over National Carrier

Nigeria, Ethiopian Airlines in Talks over National Carrier

Africa’s biggest airline,Ethiopian Airlines, has confirmed it is in discussions with the Nigeria government for a new national carrier.

Ethiopian Air has become Africa’s only consistently profitable carrier by turning Addis Ababa into a crossroads for travel around the continent and beyond.

The Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise, Tewolde GebreMariam who spoke in London, said he expected to face competition over the Nigerian project from Qatar Airways, which has stakes in carriers, including British Airways owner, IAG SA, and Latam Airlines Group SA, the biggest South American operator.

Meanwhile, Nigeria said last week that its planned national carrier would be unveiled on July 18, adding the airline will be run as a public-private partnership and should become profitable in three years.

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