For aviation, the new development is a truly welcome relief. Already, a new airway has been opened between Asmara and Addis Ababa making the journey from the north much shorter. This means enormous cost savings on jet fuel for many airline operators as there will no longer need to avoid Eritrean airspace en route to Ethiopia and other destinations. Operators will now be able to use Asmara for fuel stops and crew rest irrespective of their onward destinations. There is no doubt that Asmara airport is witnessing increased activity, not only because of the new flights but also a surge in diplomacy shuttles with friendly countries. This will encourage further development of airport infrastructure and ease of doing business with ground handlers.