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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 25th February 2020

A Blooming Good Idea By Ethiopian Airlines!

David Kesteven  of Renishaw Hall with Ethiopian's Timothy Bettney
David Kesteven of Renishaw Hall with Ethiopian's Timothy Bettney
Newby Hall & Gardens in Ripon and Renishaw Hall in Sheffield have each received a bouquet and planting rose bush from Ethiopian Airlines, as the carrier marks its one-year anniversary of flights out of Manchester Airport.

The African country is famous for its blooms whilst Yorkshire is now one of the top five regions to fly with the airline since Ethiopia launched flights from the Northern hub last December. Since then more than 5,000 residents have jetted to Ethiopia or other African destinations out of Manchester.

Roses are the biggest export on the airline’s flights to Manchester and more than 26 tonnes of the flowers arrive each month. Other key cargo includes machinery and garments.

Phil Cormie of Newby Hall & Gardens with Ethiopian's Timothy Bettney
Phil Cormie of Newby Hall & Gardens with Ethiopian's Timothy Bettney
The airline has flown more than 17,000 customers from Manchester Airport’s Terminal Two since services commenced just over a year ago and has helped contribute to the boost in tourism to African countries with popular onward connections to the likes of Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa.

In the first year of flights the airline covered almost 1.5m miles between Manchester and Addis Ababa, serving 34,956 meals and 29,712 coffees.

The bush was presented to Head Gardeners David Kesteven, at Renishaw Hall and Phil Cormie at Newby Hall & Gardens, by Ethiopian Airlines Traffic and Sales Manager Timothy Bettney and will be grown in the iconic gardens outside the houses.

The service to Addis Ababa operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For more information visit www.ethiopianairlines.com