Ethiopian Airlines, the largest network operating carrier in Africa, is pleased to announce the resumption of its direct flights between Abidjan and New York John F. Kennedy Airport as of 29 May 2023.  Ethiopian first started serving New York from its main hub Addis Ababa via Abidjan in June 2019. However, the route was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Later, the flight resumed serving New York via Lomé starting in October 2020.

The four times weekly flight will be operated between Addis Ababa and New York via Abidjan as per the below schedule.

Flight Number Frequency Departure Airport Departure time Arrival Airport Arrival Time Sub Fleet 
ET  512 Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun ADD 09:00 ABJ 11:30 788 
 Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun ABJ 13:00 JFK 20:00 788 
ET  513 Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun JFK 21:30 ABJ 11:35+ 788 
 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun ABJ 12:45 ADD 21:10 788 

Regarding the resumption of the flight, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said “We are excited to bring back our direct flight between Abidjan and New York. We have long been offering flights with the best connectivity between the US and Africa. The resumption of our Abidjan-New York flight brings back the flexibility that our passengers love. We have been increasing frequencies and adding new destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia in the past couple of months and we are delighted that the Abidjan-New York route is coming again.”

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations from its main hub Addis Ababa including to Abidjan, where Ethiopian provided 42 years of uninterrupted service since November 1980. Ethiopian will also be commencing a new passenger service to Atlanta, USA starting from 16 May 2023. Atlanta will be Ethiopian Airlines’ 6th destination in the US following its passenger services to New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington DC and cargo service to Miami.