Lufthansa stops flights to Eritrea

A Lufthansa Airbus A 320 takes off on runway "Startbahn West" at Frankfurt airport July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa has stopped flights to Asmara, capital of Eritrea, pending the signing of a new air traffic agreement between Germany and the African state, a spokesman for the airline said on Tuesday. Lufthansa previously flew to Asmara three times a week from Frankfurt via Jedda but cancelled its flights from last weekend. Reservations have been cancelled and flights rebooked via Cairo through Lufthansa's partner Egypt Air, the spokesman added. Eritrean officials were not immediately available to comment. Lufthansa has also decided to drop from December two other African destinations, Libreville in Gabon and Pointe Noire in the Congo Republic. "We stopped flying to those two cities for commercial reasons. They were not profitable," the spokesman said.

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