Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will soon offer its first direct flights to Africa.
The Chicago Department of Aviation and Ethiopian Airlines on Monday announced new nonstop service between O’Hare and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Flights will begin June 2 and be offered three times per week, departing Chicago on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arriving on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Ethiopian Airlines is O’Hare’s newest air carrier partner.
Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans says the new route will expand O’Hare’s connectivity to the world and “unlock new opportunities for the city of Chicago and travelers across the globe.”
City officials say approximately 50 Chicago-area companies have operations in over 100 locations across 10 African countries.
Ethiopian Airlines serves 55 destinations across Africa from its hub in the country’s capital.