If you’re looking for something a little different for your next trip, Ethiopian Airlines is launching flights from Manchester to Geneva on 30th October.
This is a ‘fifth freedom’ service which is being tagged onto an Addis Ababa to Geneva flight.
This means that the times are a bit odd:
- departs Manchester 18.50, arrives Geneva 21.40
- departs Geneva 07.15, arrives Manchester 07.55
Flights operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ethiopian will operate this service with a Boeing 787-9 with flat beds in Business Class. Unfortunately, as of last night:
- only fully flexible (£570 one way, £800+ return) fares were available in Economy
- no tickets were available in Business
Ethiopian clearly hasn’t loaded its fares yet. I have seen advertising for this route over the weekend, which included mention of a Business Class cabin, so there is an intention to sell Manchester to Geneva at competitive prices.
As Ethiopian is a member of Star Alliance, it should also be available as a redemption with Miles & More or any other Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme. We need to see how Ethiopian prices its seats before we can decide if miles or cash is a better option if you want to give this a go.
Pre-covid, Ethiopian flew between Manchester and Brussels as a similar ‘fifth freedom’ service. Ethiopian also started flights between Dublin and Madrid in 2019, later switching to Brussels, before suspending them. There was talk of a direct service between Addis Ababa and Manchester but the pandemic put a stop to that, at least for now.