Qatar Airways continues expansion in Africa with flights to Eritrean capital Asmara

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Doha, December 8, 2014(STAT):- Qatar Airways has continued its expansion into Africa with the launch of services to its twelfth new destination this year, the Eritrean capital Asmara. Launched on December 4th, 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. The reception which was attended by more than 200 guests including Ministers, Ambassadors and the Corporate and Travel Trade industry was hosted by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat, who extended a warm welcome to the guests as they celebrated the launch of the new link between the State of Eritrea and the State of Qatar.

 “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 Mr. 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 Mr. Koleilat.

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