#EthiopianAirlines confirms 17th July as launch date for #Asmara flights


(Posted 10th July 2018)

What two weeks ago was still mere speculation, raised here as one of the very first aviation news media, has faster than anyone could have ever expected become reality.


Effective 17th of July will Ethiopian Airlines resume daily flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara after a break of over two decades after hostilities broke out between the erstwhile allies and brothers.

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 did Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines say:

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. 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.”

The daily services will be operated with a Boeing B787 Dreamliner and the following schedule has been released earlier today:

Flt no. Eff. Date Frequency Dept. Arp Dept. Time Arvl Arp Arrv Time Aircraft


ET 0312 17-Jul-18/27 Oct 18 1234567 ADD 9:00 ASM 10:10 All type
ET 0313 18-Jul-18/27 Oct 18 1234567 ASM 11:00 ADD 12:10 All type

Asmara is the capital and the largest city of Eritrea and is situated in Eritrea’s central Maekel Region. It is home to the Eritrean National Museum and is known for its early 20th-century buildings including the Art Deco Cinema Impero, one of the world’s finest examples of Art Déco style building, Cubist Africa Pension, eclectic Orthodox Cathedral and former Opera House, the futurist Fiat Tagliero Building, the neo-Romanesque Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, neoclassical Governor’s Palace and much more.