A true hub in the West African sub-region in terms of air transport, Côte d’Ivoire has just crossed a new level in its policy of developing trade between it and the USA with the opening of direct flights to the coast. -is American.
The first nonstop passenger flight connecting Côte d’Ivoire to the United States left this Saturday, May 12 in the afternoon Felix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan for Newark Airport, in the United States. State of New Jersey. This new service is provided three times a week by Ethiopian Airlines, report our colleagues at RFI.
” We have a large diaspora in the United States and Canada and it was important that we could build that bridge, ” he said. This will increase by 5% trade between people but also trade between the two countries, “said Amadou Koné Ivorian Minister of Transport at the inaugural ceremony.
The Ethiopian company that already liaised between Togo and the United States will now make three direct flights per week between Abidjan and American cities including New York, Washington DC … This will put an end to stopovers, especially in Paris for 53,000 passengers who take the route Abidjan – New York every year. The call price is 470 000 CFA or 716 euros return.
According to RFI, with this new service, Abidjan airport intends to increase its traffic, which is already close to two million passengers a year, thanks in particular to a commercial agreement between the Ethiopian airline and Air Côte d’Ivoire, which will help drain passengers from the sub-region.