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If you prefer to travel to Eritrea in style as well as comfort, choose flights from Chicago to Asmara with Qatar Airways and see how enjoyable your trip can be, from the moment you check-in to the moment you land. Spacious seating allows you to recline in comfort, with plenty of legroom. While you relax, our attentive cabin crew will bring you a selection of services to your seat, including a menu of gourmet cuisine created by award-winning chefs.
Qatar Airways aims to ensure that you will be refreshed and renewed by the time you land in Asmara; ready for business, pleasure or both.Eritrea’s capital is home to numerous cultural and historic attractions which will delight and guide your visit here with Qatar Airways. If you’re looking for a literal taste of old Eritrea, visit the colourful Medebar Market or the Central Market, or drop in to the former Governor’s Palace on Harnet Avenue. The National Museum has impressive historic collections of artefacts and memorabilia to see.
For an airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport has a remarkable little secret – it’s got a very eco-friendly ‘green’ policy.
Fly with Qatar Airways from Chicago and you can’t fail to notice the fabulous Aeroponic Garden and the wetlands restoration project.
Even the taxis and many of the hire vehicles on offer are green-energy vehicles, making O’Hare International Airport a leader in sustainable management.
Transportation and parking
For travellers flying with Qatar Airways from Chicago, the large D Parking provides short-term parking only (no overnight parking allowed). For long-term parking the best option are economy lots E, F and G.
Transport from these areas to the airport terminals is available. Chicago’s famous CTA ‘L’ Trains take you from the centre of the city to the airport, and the Pace Suburban bus service also runs regular shuttles to the airport.
There are plenty of taxi companies all specialising in airport runs, and the taxi ranks are located outside the main entrances to the terminals.
Arriving at Chicago
Qatar Airways flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport leave from International Terminal 5, Concourse M. A number of lounges are available for passengers. As with all U.S. airports, security is very tight, so ensure you have all your documentation ready to hand.
Facilities and amenities
The Xpress Wellness Center and Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind before your Qatar Airways flight from Chicago.
The Executive Center in Terminal 3 provides no fewer than 26 meeting rooms for business travellers to utilise, while various airline lounges provide comfortable, quiet areas to relax in while you wait for your flight.
A number of retail outlets in Terminal 5 provide travellers with a fine selection of luxury goods, while various restaurants, eateries and cafés serve everything from quick bites and snacks to more exotic international cuisine.
Eritrea’s capital has been a seat of civilisation since the 12th century, when a collection of villages came together to form a powerful and influential trading centre. Today, Asmara is an eclectic and energetic city with the focus still very much on trade and commerce, but with a progressively emerging tourism scene.
Asmara may be a little off the beaten track for all but the most adventurous travellers, but the journey is well worth the effort and travellers flying to Asmara with Qatar Airways will find a trip to the city both rewarding and inspiring.
Italian influences in Asmara are still visible from the old colonial days, but alongside these ornate buildings, visitors will see an increasing number of modern constructions, demonstrating the forward-thinking nature of this city.
Asmara’s Italian architectural footprint can clearly be seen in the city’s most popular street called ‘Independence Avenue’ and colloquially known as "Kombishtato". Here you’ll find a wealth of cafés and boutique shops, and the city’s long boulevard is punctuated at the south end by the towering Nyala Hotel, the tallest building in the city.
Behind the hotel you’ll find the National Museum, which houses collections of Eritrean art and a host of ancient artefacts charting the six millennia of history of the country. The museum makes an interesting spot for an afternoon of sightseeing, and presents a good opportunity for visitors to learn more about the culture of the country. For a more in-depth understanding of Eritrean life, travel 20km out of the city centre to the village of Tselot (which means ‘Prayer’) – a carefully preserved local village that shows visitors what Eritrean life is like beyond the city’s borders.
Visitors not looking to exit the city scene just yet can enjoy scenic views overlooking the plain surrounding the city, at the Biet Ghiorghis Zoo and Park on Massawa Road back in Asmara.
Flights to Asmara with Qatar Airways land at Asmara International Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Before you fly to Asmara please check the visa and passport requirements.
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