Etihad Postpones Addis Ababa Launch After CAA Rejection

Etihad Airways has announced that it was forced to postpone the launch of its flights
to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, after the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority rejected the airline’s application for the required operating permit.
The airline says this happened despite the existence of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Government of Abu Dhabi in June 2007.
Etihad says that based on this agreement, Ethiopian Airlines commenced scheduled
passenger flights to Abu Dhabi in July 2008, suspending the service 12 months later.
Etihad’s five times weekly service was scheduled to commence on November 2, 2012.
The airline says that over a period of six months, the UAE Government has held
several meetings to resolve this situation, with the final meeting in Addis Ababa ending in failure last week.  It issued a statement that it has had no alternative but to postpone the launch of flights between Addis Ababa and Abu Dhabi, “until further notice.”
It added, “The actions of the Ethiopian CAA ignore the Memorandum of Understanding
between Abu Dhabi and Ethiopia.  They are also very much against the best interests of consumers, who are being denied the opportunity to experience Etihad Airways’ award-winning service.”
The company says that it will continue to push for terms of the MoU to be honoured and, In the meantime, “deeply regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners by this delay.”