Ethiopian Airlines Statement: Somalia Airspace Flights and CEO Remarks

Fact Check: Ethiopian Airlines and Somalia Airspace.

Ethiopian Airlines fleet at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
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Ethiopian Airlines Group issued a statement on March 1, 2024, addressing recent reports on Somalia airspace and CEO comments:

“Ethiopian Airlines would like to clarify that the recent reports on BBC Amharic and other social media outlets about Ethiopian Group CEO’s comments on the Somali airspace situation are inaccurate and distorted.

Ethiopian Airlines has not stopped flying over the Somali airspace and Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO did not state that it is unsafe to fly over Somali airspace. Accordingly, we request BBC Amharic to correct the report it has issued on the subject.


We have also verified that the letter being circulated on the social media claiming to be from Ethiopian Airlines sent to IATA is fake, and Ethiopian Airlines never wrote such a letter to IATA.”

ET Group Statement, March 1, 2024.