(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Roses and champagne have been given to passengers on the first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years.
Ethiopian Airlines said its “bird of peace” flew to Eritrea, after the end of the “state of war”.
Passengers sang and danced in the aisles during the 60-minute flight.
But they wept once they landed in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, as they met relatives and friends for the first time since the 1998-2000 border war.
This led to the closure of air and road travel between the two nations.