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New route from Nordics to exotic Asmara

Ethiopian Airlines reveals additional frequencies to Addis Ababa while announcing a new route to Eritrea.

Since launching on March 27 last year, Ethiopian Airlines “has firmly established itself at Norway’s main airport,” says airport operator Avinor. Now the route between Addis Ababa and Oslo will see an increase to six weekly flights – and the carrier will launch a new route to Asmara, capital of Eritrea.

The Star Alliance airline will raise its frequencies to and from Addis Ababa from December 11, to six times a week using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Ethiopian will start its two new weekly flights between Oslo and Asmara from December 1, also with a Boeing 787. Little-visited Eritrea is located in eastern Africa and borders Sudan to the west, Ethiopia in the south and Djibouti to the southeast.

The capital Asmara is known as the ‘Little Rome’ for its residences from Italian colonial times.

Better connectivity
The route expansion between Addis Ababa and Oslo and the addition of Asmara is part of an effort to serve the growing travel needs between Africa and northern Europe.

“With the announcement of Asmara as a second destination from Oslo Airport with Africa’s largest airline, the total of eight weekly frequencies will add even better connectivity for Norwegian business and leisure travellers to Africa,” says Majid Khan, senior director of traffic development at Avinor.

“We have developed a very close partnership with Ethiopian Airlines and have worked hard with them to make this route a success story. This is proof that our cooperation has worked well and that Ethiopian has succeeded in developing a good portfolio of business, holiday and leisure passengers,” adds Jasper Spruit, Avinor’s vice president for traffic development.

“Export and import between Africa and Norway is an important part of this success, and we also see more tourism coming to Norway from Africa as well.”

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