Ethiopian Airlines will not face any direct competition on the route, which last flew regularly in March 2020 – passenger services were suspended due to the pandemic, but the airline continued ad hoc cargo flights.
Service resumption will support the continued expansion of trade and collaboration between Africa and Southeast Asia.
In the four years before the pandemic, the annual number of passengers between the two continents increased by 30% to more than 1.4 million, and in 2019 alone, Ethiopian Airlines carried 69,000 passengers to and from Singapore. Singapore’s investments in Africa also increased from US$17 billion to US$20 billion over the same period.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mesfin Tasew said:
“We are delighted to continue our service to Singapore, which was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The flight will further expand our network in Asia and create air connectivity for passengers traveling between Africa and Singapore. The new flight will also facilitate trade, investment and tourism ties between Africa and Singapore.
In line with our plan to grow our network around the world, we will continue to open new routes to improve connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world through Addis Ababa.”
Passengers on the route will not only enjoy the award-winning service of Ethiopian Airlines, but also Singapore Changi Airport, which is the most awarded airport in the world, having won more than 650 awards for its industry-leading customer service, passenger experience and security standards .