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Is Ethiopian eliminating Chicago flights 574/575?

Old Jun 22, 20, 1:02 pm
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Is Ethiopian eliminating Chicago flights 574/575?

I am booked and ticketed in September to fly ET 575 from ORD Sept. 12 and ET 574 on Sept. 25 return. These are award tickets in J from UA and will take us to WDH for a safari vacation. We start in MCI. I know this trip is not happening and I will be postponing and rescheduling for May 2021.

When I look at trying to book these tickets either as an award or paid for May 2021, the nonstop ET flights between ORD and ADD seem to have been eliminated for next year. ET flights to/from ORD go through IAH and then to/from Chicago on UA metal. I looked at the UA award chart this morning and the Chicago flights are not there.

Has Ethiopian decided not to resume their flight from Chicago to Addis? Was it not selling well? I can route through Toronto or IAH if I have to but the ORD flight was very convenient for me with far less total travel time. I need to fly outbound on a Saturday and return on a Friday to coincide with the safari tour beginning and ending.

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Old Jun 23, 20, 8:40 am
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May 2021 flights may just not be loaded or may not have award availability released yet... ET 574/575 appears to be bookable early-mid May directly on the ET site.
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Old Jun 23, 20, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by b_magee View Post
May 2021 flights may just not be loaded or may not have award availability released yet... ET 574/575 appears to be bookable early-mid May directly on the ET site.
It must have been my timing when I looked yesterday as I do see ET 574/575 on the ET web site for early May 2021. The flights also show with award seats on the UA web site. I can book award tickets MCI-ORD-ADD-WDH and reverse on UA but I can't buy these flights on the ET web site, they don't show up when I do a dummy booking. ET has a buggy web site and I don't know if I can trust what I am seeing there.

Interesting that my award flights in September are still showing up as a go but if I tried to buy these exact same tickets on the same flights from United they are not available for sale. They do show up on the ET site as going in September. it appears ET 574/575 will start back up in August. The ADD-WDH flights ET835/834 are resuming in September assuming namibia is taking international flights then.
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Old Jun 24, 20, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by susiesan View Post
I am booked and ticketed in September to fly ET 575 from ORD Sept. 12 and ET 574 on Sept. 25 return. These are award tickets in J from UA and will take us to WDH for a safari vacation. We start in MCI. I know this trip is not happening and I will be postponing and rescheduling for May 2021.
cant comment on the flights but with regards to Namibia, it looks like Namibia plans to reopen its borders on September 18 (no detail provided)

Link is to the French equivalent of the state department travel advisory website and they’ve had pretty up to date and accurate.
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Old Jun 24, 20, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by Chuvash View Post
cant comment on the flights but with regards to Namibia, it looks like Namibia plans to reopen its borders on September 18 (no detail provided)

Link is to the French equivalent of the state department travel advisory website and they’ve had pretty up to date and accurate.

Here is information in English. I can't read French.
https://allafrica.com/stories/202006220776.html

Since I am scheduled to arrive Sept. 13 this doesn't help me. Plus you have to quarantine for 14 days once you get there and get a covid test before arrival. So no go for me this year. I doubt anyone will visit Namibia under these restrictions. ET will be flying empty planes between ADD and WDH.
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Old Jun 29, 20, 1:42 pm
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Looks like ET is resuming the Chicago flights in September. The ADD-ORD ET flight now leaves at 10:35pm. ET 834 from WDH gets into ADD at 10:20pm after April 1,2021. ET 834 gets into ADD at 9:20pm prior to then. It must be a daylight savings time change for Ethiopia. So unless ET adjusts the time of flight 834 WDH-ADD I cannot use the Chicago ET flight on my return home. I am rebooked and ticketed on ET552 via Toronto.
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