Ethiopian Airlines to bring back flights to Singapore starting in March

Photo: Ethiopian Airlines/Facebook
Photo: Ethiopian Airlines/Facebook

Direct flights between Addis Ababa and Singapore will start once again next year, bringing back more destination options and trade opportunities as the air travel scene continue its return trip to normality.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Ethiopian Airlines today announced in a joint release that Ethiopian Airlines will return to Changi Airport on March 25 next year to resume its flights to and from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The African flag carrier, which was voted the “Best Airline in Africa” for five consecutive years, will fly its 270-seat Boeing 787-8 aircraft between Singapore and Addis Ababa four times per week.

The airline previously suspended its services to Singapore in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The release said that there were more than 1.4 million passengers who traveled between Africa and Southeast Asia in 2019, a 30% increase since 2015.

The return of the flights will introduce a new vacation destination for locals who haven’t been. 

“For many Singaporeans, Ethiopia could also be an exciting new vacation destination as it boasts many attractions ranging from historic sites such as Axum to breathtaking natural geography such as the Simien Mountains and Blue Nile falls,” CAG’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development Lim Ching Kiat wrote. 

The move will also open up more trade, investment and tourism opportunities for both Singapore and Africa. The release notes Singapore’s investment in the continent rose to US$20 billion (~S$27 billion) in 2019 due to Africa being one of the world’s fastest-growing regions economically.

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