Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to expand its recently launched Manchester route.

The Star Alliance carrier obtained fifth freedom rights to operate flights between Abbis Ababa and Manchester via Geneva last year, with an initial four-times-weekly service starting in October.

This will now increase to five flights per week from June 5, with the additional Monday frequency being served by Ethiopian’s A350 aircraft.

The airline also offers a daily nonstop route between Addis Ababa and London Heathrow.

The Manchester-Addis Ababa route, which previously operated via Brussels, was set to become a non-stop service in July 2020 but this never came to fruition.

The additional flights comes as Ethiopian Airlines celebrates its 50th anniversary of flying to the UK this year.

Commenting on the news Timothy Bettney, Ethiopian Airlines traffic and sales manager in Manchester, said:

“We welcome the fifth additional weekly flight. The Manchester flights have become very popular for customers in the region. The full-service non-stop flights to Geneva are seeing demand from both the corporate and leisure markets.”