Come this summer, getting from the Midwest to East Africa will become significantly easier: On June 10, Ethiopian Airways will begin non-stop service from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa on Boeing 787 aircraft. The thrice-weekly, 13-hour, 45-minute flight will be the only non-stop service between Africa and Chicago.
“Chicago is the main hub of our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travelers from all over the U.S. connecting to more than 55 destinations in Africa,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement. “The flight will further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the U.S. and Africa in general, and Ethiopia in particular by enabling greater flow of trade, investment and tourism.”
Though years of conflict made Ethiopia a no-go for many until recently, the country has quickly become a destination for travelers drawn to its ancient history, jazz scene, and capital on the rise. Where to start in Addis? Tomoca Coffee, where beans are ground in vintage machines; the chaotic Merkato, Africa’s largest outdoor market; Yilma, a siga bet, or raw meat house; and the new Addis Fine Art gallery in Bole. The best time to visit is from September to March—after the rainy season—but be sure to get out of the capital, too: the city of Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Bahir Dar, the Blue Nile, and the sacred rock churches of Lalibela should be on your list.
Source – https://www.cntraveler.com/