ADDIS ABABA—The Ethiopian made historical flight to Asmara, Eritrea with the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft, the Boeing 787. This follows agreements reached in Asmara between H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and President H.E. Isaias Afewerki of the State of Eritrea.
Regarding the resumption of flights to Eritrea’s capital, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam said:“We at Ethiopian feel an immense honor and joy to resume scheduled flights to Asmara after 20 years, following the visit to Eritrea by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. 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.”
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 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 service and to start cargo flights in view of the huge market potential between the two sisterly countries.”Flight captain Yosef Hailu told that he was emotional about making the trip.”It’s a golden moment for the two countries and the two people,” he said.
Captain Yosef said he was looking forward to meeting friends in Eritrea. “I’m going back to the place where I grew up. I’m really happy,” he told.
Ethiopia Airlines tweeted a picture of the pilots in the cockpit before take-off. More than 450 passengers were on board, Ethiopia’s privately owned Addis Standard news site reported.
Demand was so huge that a second flight left within 15 minutes, it was said.
BY GIRMACHEW GASHAW – Ethiopian Press Agency