Serving the capital of Eritrea in Asmara, Asmara International Airport (ASM) is a small airport used by both commercial airlines and military craft alike. With close to 200,000 passengers served every year, it is now one of the busiest airports on the continent of Africa. The airport handles a great deal of local traffic on smaller planes. Nearby Massawa International Airport, where the runways are longer and the altitude is not as severe, handles more of the larger aircraft. Smaller planes, which can better handle the short runway and over mile-high altitude, are perfectly capable of landing at Asmara International Airport (ASM) and make up the majority of the civilian air traffic.
Despite its small stature, Asmara International Airport (ASM) sees a great deal of international traffic, including flights to and from Frankfurt, Dubai, and Cairo. Other popular destination cities from the airport include Nairobi, Massawa, Khartoum, Jeddah, and Assab. A small terminal provides passengers with the chance to pick up some snacks and reading materials for the flight, but facilities are quite basic and it is recommended to eat a meal before flying if the airport is only the first of many stops on a long journey.
Five different airlines currently offer service to and from Asmara International Airport (ASM): Nasair handles the most flights, with EgyptAir, Lufthansa, Yemenia, and Saudi Arabian Airlines all flying to one or two cities apiece.