Ethiopian Airlines fly from Addis Ababa airport to Washington, Toronto and Los Angeles with a stop in Dublin. Due to the altitude of Addis Ababa airport these flights cannot fly direct on the west bound journey. The flights from Toronto and Washington to Addis Ababa fly directly and do not stop in Dublin however, the Los Angeles flight stops in Dublin in both directions and Ethiopian have ‘Fifth Freedom Rights’ on this route. This means they can sell flights from Dublin – Los Angeles or Dublin to Addis Ababa for example. I have flown Ethiopian from Dublin to Delhi via Addis Ababa and I was very impressed with the service bar the shambolic Addis Ababa airport experience. Ethiopian operates a modern fleet of B787 with in seat power and entertainment.
There have been some great fares from Dublin to Los Angeles over the past few weeks reaching as low as €340 with stops. Ethiopian have just responded launching new reduced fares which seem to be valid from the middle of January until the middle of May – €380 return including all taxes and two checked bags.
Ethiopian Airlines fly:
Dublin to Los Angeles on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays departing 6:15AM arriving 9:00AM
Los Angeles to Dublin Fridays, Sundays, Wednesdays departing 11:30PM arriving 5:35PM(the following day).
This fare seems to be available on almost all flights however flights operating on a Friday have a €50 surcharge. If you depart on a Friday and return on a Friday the total cost would be €480, departing on a Friday and returning on Wednesday or Sunday would cost €430 etc.
I am not sure how long these fares will last so if you are interested, don’t take too long to book!