Algeria’s flag carrier, Air Algérie, has made its inaugural flight to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today.
The new flight service connects Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to Algiers-Houari Boumédiène.
The inaugural flight brought Algerian transport Minister Youcef Chorfa and his delegation to Addis Ababa on Friday morning.
The delegation was warmly received by the African Affairs Director-General at the foreign ministry Fiseha Shawel and other dignitaries.
Ethiopian Ambassador to Algeria Nebiat Getachew and Algeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohammed Lamine Laabas were also part of the reception and subsequent discussions.
“This historic flight opens a new chapter in the decades-old political and diplomatic relations between Algeria and Ethiopia,” Ambassador Nebiat said.
The two countries will further discuss the details of the resumption of regular flights between Algiers and Addis Ababa at the end of October 2023.
Ethiopia and Algeria have maintained vibrant relationships since the independence struggles for the liberation of Africa.
Authorities see the new direct flight as a bold step to facilitate air connectivity to boost people-to-people relations, trade, and investment.