Flyers looking for uninterrupted service to the African continent can find it now at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Ethiopian Airlines completed its inaugural flight from Lomé, Togo to Houston Monday and began offering direct, nonstop service between Houston IAH and Lomé–Tokoin Airport (LFW) in Lomé, the capital of Togo in West Africa, three times per week.
“Ethiopian Airlines’ direct connection to Africa is more than just a flight path,” says Houston Airports Director Mario Diaz. “It’s a bridge that will allow our worlds to intersect, and it’s at that beautiful intersection where our cultural curiosities will be fulfilled by a deeper understanding, newfound perspective and appreciation for one another.”
George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports served more than 58 million passengers last year. Nearly 12 million of those passengers traveled to 68 international destinations offered from Houston’s Airports.
Houston is among Africa’s largest U.S. trade partners and is home to numerous multinational corporations, including some of the world’s largest energy companies that support extensive global operations in West Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is the 20th foreign flag carrier offering passenger flights out of Bush Airport. Earlier this year, Ethiopian Airlines was voted the best airlines in Africa for the third consecutive year by Skytrax.
“The U.S. is among our most important markets owing to the presence of a large African community and growing investment, trade and tourism relations with Africa,” says Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “Our new route structure, with additional frequencies to multiple gateways and the opening of new route to Houston, is aimed at responding to the market demand and availing the best possible connectivity between the USA and over 60 African destinations. The new flights will provide the only direct and most efficient connections between Houston and West Africa.”