Ethiopian Airlines To Resume Flights To Eritrea "Soon"

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that the country's national carrier is planning to resume flights to Eritrea, after a two decade hiatus. This comes after he hosted a delegation of high ranking Eritrean government officials, with the aim of ending the dispute that has divided the two countries for decades. Eritrea and her larger neighbour have fought at least two major wars in the past, the first being Eritrea's war of independence, which lasted decades and finally culminated in Eritrea's independence in 1993. The second war was fought over territory, and arose over border demarcation. This war was fought between 1998 and 2000 and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The new prime minister has been on a charm offensive, brokering peace deals not only among Ethiopian political rivals, but also among bitter regional ones.

The news comes a week after Ethiopian Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer announced plans to double the carrier's fleet to 200 over the next seven years. The airline will also aggressively add new routes, including some of the world's premier destinations like Barcelona, Shenzen, Istanbul, Jakarta and Moscow.