Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise, East Africa’s biggest carrier by revenue, is considering proposals to help set up national airlines in Nigeria and three other countries to expand its operations on the continent.
The state-owned company, which has stakes in Malawian Airlines and ASKY Airlines of Togo, has been approached by the Nigerian government about a new carrier for Africa’s biggest economy, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam said in an interview on March 20. Ethiopian Airlines is also in discussions with the administrations of Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, he said, without giving further details.
“We have been invited to participate and we’ve given a strong expression of interest” to Nigeria, he told Bloomberg T.V. on a private plane from Dublin to London, where he was promoting a new route to Los Angeles via the Irish capital. “As soon as the process allows then we will submit a business proposal.”