Qatar to serve Eritrea

Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways is to open services to the Eritrean capital, Asmara, towards the end of this year.

It will begin operating the route from Doha on 4 December.

Qatar Airways says it will serve Asmara twice-weekly using Airbus A320s configured with 12 business-class and 132 economy-class seats.

"There is clearly demand and huge potential to and from Eritrea, one of the many underserved markets in Africa," says chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.

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