Ethiopian Airlines will resume daily flights from its Addis Ababa hub, to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, on July 18.

Ethiopian will operate Boeing 787s on the 70-min. flight sector.

Flight services between the two nations have been interrupted for 20 years. A war between Ethiopia and Eritrea lasted from May 6, 1998 to June 18, 2000 and ended with the Ethiopian occupation of the disputed territories. A ceasefire was signed in the Algiers Agreement.

The new air-link follows agreements reached in Asmara between the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Abiy Ahmed and State of Eritrea president Isaias Afewerki.  

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said: “With the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sisterly countries, we look forward to starting flights to Asmara. Very quickly, we plan to operate multiple daily services and to start cargo flights in view of the huge market potential between the two countries.”

The resumption of air links will play a critical role in boosting overall ties between the two countries.

The Star Alliance member said the flight connections via Addis Ababa to more than 110 destinations—and connectivity options to the vast Eritrean Diaspora Community across the world—will boost the flow of investment, trade and tourism into Eritrea.

Kurt Hofmann