Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down, GMR led Hyderabad International Airport got connected to African markets today (26th April) with the touchdown of the maiden cargo flight of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia to Hyderabad. The Ethiopian flight ET 3612 (Arrivals)/ET 3613 (Departures) landed at Hyderabad International Airport today at 8.16 PM and was scheduled to depart today at around 11.30 PM to Ethiopia. This new direct connection between Hyderabad and Ethiopia throws open new opportunities to reach out to the markets in Africa and beyond leveraging the robust cargo network of the Ethiopian Airlines.
Expected to be operating one frequency per week, Ethiopian Airlines will be operating Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a capacity of 50 MT per flight. With the latest addition of Ethiopian Airlines, GMR Hyderabad International Airport is now handling 12 freighters weekly along with some special cargo charters, which are connecting Hyderabad to all major international destinations in the United States of America, European countries, Middle-east, Africa, Far East, etc. – moving emergency supplies. Among the key scheduled freighters that are operating from Hyderabad International Airport include – Cathay Cargo, Turkish Cargo, Qatar Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, SpiceXpress Cargo (Domestic and international) and BlueDart Cargo.