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ASKY Airlines is a passenger airline which was founded in 2008 by Ethiopian Airlines. The carrier commenced operations in Jan-2010. ASKY Airlines is based at Lomé-Tokoin Airport, Togo, and operates scheduled services to destinations throughout West and Central Africa.
Location of ASKY Airlines main hub (Lome Airport)
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Germania is “very satisfied” with the performance of its Western African subsidiary Gambia Bird which launched a regional and international aviation network nearly a year ago with the aim of making Banjul an air transport hub for the sub-region.
Germania MD Andreas Wobig reportedly stated in Sep-2013 that Gambia Bird has allowed the group to better manage its capacity, noting that while charter operations in Europe are characterised by overcapacity and price pressure, the African continent is a key growth market
Gambia Bird plans to increase its winter timetable after making seasonal adjustments during the summer low season, which included moving one of Gambia Bird's two A319s to Germania’s Manchester base allowing the group to make maximise fleet utilisation.
ASKY Airlines has transported more than one million passengers in little over three years since launching operations in West Africa in Jan-2010. In that time the full service carrier, 40% owned by Ethiopian Airlines, has established an enviable market position, operating to 22 destinations with Bissau to be added from Jul-2013.
With the carrier now making a profit, management is turning its attention to expanding south in search of more lucrative routes to Angola and South Africa, while more ambitious services to Europe could reportedly be launched by 2015.
Ethiopian Airlines will extensively expand its network in 2013, adding Asian destinations as well as increasing its footprint in Africa and linking the two high growth regions to South America.
In Africa, Ethiopian added flights to Blantyre in Malawi and Ndola in Zambia on 31-Mar-2013, increasing its African network to 45 destinations, including 16 domestic points. The carrier also has begun negotiations with the Malawi Government to take a 49% strategic stake in failed flag carrier Air Malawi after being selected as the preferred bidder among eight chosen applicants.
The Asian network will be expanded with the addition of Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul Incheon in Jun-2013 operating from Ethiopian’s existing Asian hubs, Hong Kong and Bangkok. And Ethiopian will become the first African carrier to take advantage of the natural transfer traffic synergies that link the three regions, and form part of its strategy to develop its Addis Ababa base into a Dubai-style hub of Africa.
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