Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to resume daily flights to Asmara, Eritrea on 17 July, 2018. The route will be operated by Boeing 787 aircraft.
The announcement comes after leaders of both Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to end the state of war between the two countries. H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and H.E. Isaias Afewerki, the President of Eritrea, met in Asmara on Monday to discuss the ending of the war.
“We at Ethiopian feel an immense honor and joy to resume scheduled flights to Asmara after 20 years, following the visit to Eritrea by H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. With the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sisterly countries, we look forward to starting flights to Asmara with the B787, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft, which gives customers unparalleled on-board comfort,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “The resumption of air links will play a critical role in boosting the overall political, economic, trade and people-to-people ties between the two sisterly countries.
“Thanks to Ethiopian’s extensive network of more than 114 international destinations in 5 continents, our flights to Asmara will avail best connectivity options to the vast Eritrean Diaspora Community across the world and will boost the flow of investment, trade, and tourism into Eritrea. Very quickly, we plan to operate multiple daily services and to start cargo flights in view of the huge market potential between the two sisterly countries.”
Ethiopian Airlines first cut service to Asmara in 1998, when the war between the two states began.
Asmara is both the capital of and largest city in Eritrea. It is in Eritrea’s Maekel Region. Asmara is well known for its 20th-century architecture and is home to the Eritrean National Museum.
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