Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

06/02/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/02/2022 10:02

Washington Dulles International Airport Celebrates Inaugural Ethiopian Flight to Lomé

Pictured (left to right): Paul Bobson, Airports Authority Vice President for Airline Business Development; Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines Regional Director; Ambassador Sileshi Bekele, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Ambassador Frédéric Edem Hegbe, Republic of Togo; Jack Potter, Airports Authority President and CEO; Mark Uncapher, Airports Authority Board Director; Deanne Berry, Airports Authority Airline Business Development

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority celebrated the launch of Ethiopian Airlines' new nonstop flights from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Lomé, Togo (LFW), on Wednesday. The new service, operating three times per week on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, offers an unmatched opportunity to travel nonstop from North America to Lomé.

"Today commemorates an important milestone in the 17-year history with our partners at Ethiopian Airlines," said Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter. "That history includes Ethiopian's selection of Washington Dulles as its first nonstop destination from Addis Ababa to North America in 2005. With the addition of nonstop service to Lomé, Dulles becomes the only North American market with service to Africa 10 times per week on Ethiopian."

The schedule for the new service, effective June 1, 2022, is as follows:

Flight No.  




Days of Operation  

ET 516




Mon, Wed, Sat

ET 517



2115/1155 +1 

Mon, Wed, Sat

The inaugural flight to Lomé, Togo, represents the 40th global capital city served by Washington Dulles International Airport. The new non-stop flight to the Gulf of Guinea and points beyond in continental Africa serves local and transfer passengers from Dulles International. A pre-departure celebration at the gate included music, dancers and a cake-cutting ceremony.

A member of Star Alliance, Ethiopian currently operates more than 128 of the youngest and most modern aircraft fleet with service to 62 cities in Africa and more than 127 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. The IAD - LFW flights are available to book at