Turkish Airlines adds Eritrea to its global network
- Turkish Airlines has found a new country to serve. On 19 August the Star Alliance carrier began thrice-weekly flights from its Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub to Asmara (ASM) the capital of Eritrea, a country in East Africa. The 3,009-kilometre route will be operated via Taif in Saudi Arabia using the airline’s 737-800s. There is no competition on the route. Flights arrive in Asmara at 01:05 in the morning and depart again an hour later. The commercial aviation scene in Eritrea is examined in more detail in this week’s anna.aero Country Profile.