The planned resumption of Ethiopian Airlines’ flight to Enugu after over two years was obstructed on Friday due to the sit-at-home ordered by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that Ethiopian Airlines had announced on September 19 that it would resume flights to Enugu, the eastern part of Nigeria from October 1, to be operated three times a week with B787 Dreamliner.
The resumption of the flight was planned to coincide with the October 1 Independence Day anniversary, according to the ET general manager in Nigeria, Shimeles Arage.
Arage said the flight to Enugu on Independence Day would reinforce Ethiopian Airlines’ good relationship with Nigeria since the first flight in 1960.
But the expected resumption of the flight did not hold due to the “tense situation” in the South-East, it was learnt.
It was gathered that the flight had been “suspended indefinitely” while a new date would be communicated in due course.
Ethiopian Airlines stopped flights to Enugu in 2019 when the federal government closed the airport for the repair of the runway.