Ethiopian Airlines has launched three weekly flights to New York's John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
The airline said the new flights to New York will make stopovers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (West Africa).
Ethiopian currently operates four other weekly flights to Newark, via Lome (Togo).
“It gives me great pleasure to launch flights to John F Kennedy Airport, our second station in New York in addition to Newark, connecting North America’s gateway with our extended network of more than 120 destinations globally,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam.
“The US is one of our most important markets owing to the presence of a large African diaspora and the promising multi-faceted relations between Africa and the USA. Hence, the new service is a significant addition to our expanding network and offers better connectivity for African and US passengers.”
Tewolde said the new service will boost trade, tourism, investment and people-to-people relations between Africa and the US.
The launch comes at a time when Kenya Airways plans to increase its flights to seven days a week on the route.
Ethiopian's move will increase competition for KQ ahead of the summer season in the US.
The new service to JFK Airport increases the number of Ethiopian Airlines flights to North America to 24.
KQ launched daily flights on the New York route in October last year but was forced to scale down to five per week due to low demand for tickets.