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WhatLos Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has announced that Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, will launch a direct flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Lome-Tokoin Airport (LFW) in Togo, West Africa.
Why it MattersThe inaugural flight is scheduled for Dec. 17, and the route makes LAX the only U.S. West Coast airport with nonstop service to Africa. LAX additionally will become one of only two airports in the world to serve six continents with nonstop flights (joining London-Heathrow).
Fast Facts- Ethiopian Airlines will service the new route using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- The flight begins/ends in Addis Abada, the capital of Ethiopia.
- Flights will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight schedule is intended to maximize connection to major cities in West Africa, including Lagos and Abudja, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
What They Are Saying: “Los Angeles is a global crossroads — a city that connects the world and a place where everyone is welcome,” said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “The start of nonstop service between LFW in Togo and LAX marks an important milestone in our ongoing work to bring Los Angeles to the world, and the world to Los Angeles.”
“As someone who spent several of my young years living on the continent of Africa, this route has a special significance to me, and I know it will be embraced by all those who want to travel between our continents to visit family, do business or further explore the world,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA.
The DetailsEthiopian Airlineswww.ethiopianairlines.com
Los Angeles World Airportswww.flylax.com