Pakistan and Eritrea Wednesday agreed to start direct air operations between the two countries, officials said.
The two sides signed a formal agreement to this effect at the Pakistani Ministry of Defense in Rawalpindi, some 30 kilometers south of Islamabad, according to the ministry's statement.
"The agreement provides that the designated airlines of the two countries would be entitled to operate four weekly frequencies by each side to each other's country," it said.
The Eritrean side is allowed to operate their services to Pakistan's southern city of Karachi and its eastern city of Lahore while Pakistani airlines will commence their operations to Asmara and Massawa, Eritrea.
It was also agreed that Pakistan would extend possible assistance to Eritrea in terms of capacity building, training and other related areas of the aviation industry.
Both sides agreed to establish a mechanism for consultation and cooperation between the aeronautical authorities and airlines of the two countries.
This is the first ever agreement signed by Eritrea with an Asian country which would help further promote and expand bilateral ties between the two countries in the areas of trade, economy, culture and the aviation industry, according to the statement.