African tribal songs filled the air at Changi Airport on Tuesday as an Ethiopian cultural troupe celebrated the first Ethiopian Airlines' flight to arrive here.
The inaugural landing also marked the second direct air route between Singapore and Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines will run the 13-hour thrice-weekly flight to Addis Ababa, the capital, with an hour-long stopover in Bangkok.
Singapore Airlines currently flies to Johannesburg daily and four times a week to Cape Town.
Arriving on the flight after his first, two-day visit to the East African nation was Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, he said: "We always think Africa is very far away, but with this direct flight... we hope that businessmen and tourists will discover Ethiopia. And likewise, they will discover Singapore as a gateway to Asia."
He noted as well that as Ethiopia continued to grow and develop its infrastructure, there would be opportunities there for Singaporean companies.
Also on board the flight was Ethiopian's Senior State Minister for Industry, Mr Tadesse Haile.
He is in Singapore to attend a networking forum with an Ethiopian business delegation from Tuesday till Thursday.
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