Kenya Airway says its flights to Somalia aimed to boost trade

Hiiraan Xog, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz said the airlines planned Nairobi-Mogadishu flights would enhance social and economic ties between Kenya and Somalia.

The airline has for the second time shelved plans for a direct flight to Mogadishu set to begin mid this week.

Kenya’s national carrier has attributed the postponement to delays in getting the new airline and operational requirements.

In an interview with Nairobi based Newspaper, Standard Digital, Mikosz said Kenya Airways would fly seven times weekly to enhance intra-Africa air connectivity linking cities and facilitating movement of people.

“Flights will be operated by Jambojet on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi at 07:40 and depart at Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu at 10:45 to arrive back in Nairobi at 13:00,” said Mikosz.

According to Mikosz, the route is meant to create new opportunities for corporates investors, traders, and tourists in both countries.

“No, Miraa is not our focus on this route. We want to extend our network reach and make it convenient for our guests who work and invest in Somalia. The addition of this route to our network demonstrates our commitment to improving connectivity on the African continent,” he explained.

Before December 5th postponement, the airlines delayed the resumption of its flights to Somalia in November.

Kenya in 2006 suspended direct flights to Mogadishu following what the East African nation termed as ‘increased terror threats and attacks by Al-Shabaab’.

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