Qatar Airways has continued its expansion into Africa with the launch of services to its twelfth new destination this year, the Eritrean capital Asmara.
The new route will provide passengers to and from Eritrea with two weekly flights connecting Asmara via Doha to more than 140 destinations around the world.
Qatar Airways celebrated the new destination launch with a VIP reception held at the Asmara Palace Hotel.
“Qatar Airways is proud to be the first five-star airline to launch non-stop flights to Asmara and the commencement of our services here is another example of
Qatar Airways’ commitment to opening up access to markets that we believe have great potential,” said Qatar Airways chief commercial officer Marwan Koleilat.
The State of Qatar and the State of Eritrea have enjoyed excellent collaboration and share a long-standing relationship.
Strategically located by the Red Sea, the economy of Eritrea has experienced considerable growth in recent years as the country has capitalised on its extensive deposits of natural resources.
At the same time, Asmara also has much to offer the leisure traveller being a city steeped in rich architecture and culture.
“The start of our five-star services to Eritrea signifies our commitment to opening our doors for even stronger business ties and supporting greater commercial development with the international business community,” added Koleilat.
At the VIP reception, guests enjoyed entertainment from an eclectic mix of international jazz musicians and traditional Oud music from Qatar.
The Doha – Asmara route is operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft offering up to 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, and is currently flying a modern fleet of 142 aircraft to 146 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.