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Boarding Ethiopia-Eritrea flight for first time in decades

All seats and luggage room have been filled for the inaugural flight to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.

A return ticket for the one-and-a -half-hour flight cost $800 (£600).

Our reporter who is among the lucky ones on board has snapped these pictures:

Complimentary champagne served on board

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Champagne and selfies aboard first commercial flight in a generation between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Demand so great that Ethiopian Airlines scheduled a 2nd flight that took off just 15 mins later.

Wheels up

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Ethiopian Airlines has shared a picture of its first passenger flight – after 20 years – leaving for a journey to Eritrea.

News site Addis Standard reported 456 passengers are on board.

More photos below:

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