ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES RESUMES FLIGHTS TO ASMARA AFTER 20-YEAR BREAK

ADDIS ABABA,Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday resumed direct flights to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, for the first time in 20 years after air services between the two neighbours were disrupted following the 1998 war between the two countries and the subsequent break in bilateral ties.

A high-level delegation led by former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn was in the flight from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to Asmara, carrying a total of 465 passengers. Hailemariam said the resumption of the direct flights to Eritrea is one of the major achievements of his successor, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took over in March this year.

Hailemariam added that he will encourage and support the achievements and the efforts started by the government. I am very delighted much that the new government is bringing change in this country and ending the long-standing no-war, no-peace relationship with Eritrea; and I will always remain helpful in reviving the change, he stated.

The Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the Addis Ababa-based African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ambassador Araya Desta, said it was a historic day for both countries as it officially ends the long-interrupted air communication.

Starting direct flight means not only connecting the countries but has great implication for the people in both countries, he noted.

Ambassador Araya added that his country encourages the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sisterly countries through Ethiopian Airlines.

Both governments and peoples of both countries have willingly confirmed the will to grow together and to bring fresh guidance and resolution for development, the Eritrean diplomat concluded.

Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam told ENA during the occasion that the airlines will fly to Asmara daily starting from Wednesday to facilitate the economic, diplomatic and social relationship of the countries.

The inaugural flight heralds a new era in the relationship of the countries, he added, adding that the flight to Asmara and onwards to to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries is shorter than the route via Khartoum.

Tewolde said the Ethiopian and Eritrean people have been missing one another for the last twenty years, families were divided and this is the sad part of our story. So, we were eager to resume the flight today.

Ethiopian is considering flying twice in a day to Asmara as the demand is getting high, it was learned.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES RESUMES FLIGHTS TO ASMARA AFTER 20-YEAR BREAK

ADDIS ABABA,Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday resumed direct flights to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, for the first time in 20 years after air services between the two neighbours were disrupted following the 1998 war between the two countries and the subsequent break in bilateral ties.

A high-level delegation led by former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn was in the flight from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to Asmara, carrying a total of 465 passengers. Hailemariam said the resumption of the direct flights to Eritrea is one of the major achievements of his successor, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took over in March this year.

Hailemariam added that he will encourage and support the achievements and the efforts started by the government. I am very delighted much that the new government is bringing change in this country and ending the long-standing no-war, no-peace relationship with Eritrea; and I will always remain helpful in reviving the change, he stated.

The Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the Addis Ababa-based African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ambassador Araya Desta, said it was a historic day for both countries as it officially ends the long-interrupted air communication.

Starting direct flight means not only connecting the countries but has great implication for the people in both countries, he noted.

Ambassador Araya added that his country encourages the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sisterly countries through Ethiopian Airlines.

Both governments and peoples of both countries have willingly confirmed the will to grow together and to bring fresh guidance and resolution for development, the Eritrean diplomat concluded.

Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam told ENA during the occasion that the airlines will fly to Asmara daily starting from Wednesday to facilitate the economic, diplomatic and social relationship of the countries.

The inaugural flight heralds a new era in the relationship of the countries, he added, adding that the flight to Asmara and onwards to to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries is shorter than the route via Khartoum.

Tewolde said the Ethiopian and Eritrean people have been missing one another for the last twenty years, families were divided and this is the sad part of our story. So, we were eager to resume the flight today.

Ethiopian is considering flying twice in a day to Asmara as the demand is getting high, it was learned.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK