Ethiopian Airlines will resume flights between Addis Ababa and Karachi in Pakistan from the start of May, almost 20 years after it axed the route for a second time.

The Ethiopian flag carrier previously operated the Addis Ababa-Karachi route between 1966 and 1971, and again between 1993 and 2004.

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Its latest service linking the two cities will take off on 1 May. Ethiopian Airlines will operate the route four times a week.

“As the only flight connecting Pakistan with Africa, the planned service to Karachi will have significant contribution in strengthening the diplomatic and economic relations between the two regions,” says Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Mesfin Tasew. “It will also offer convenient air connectivity to the growing number of Pakistani investors in Africa as well as tourists.”

Karachi will be the airline’s 37th destination in Asia.