Kenya receives in style first direct flight from Mogadishu

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By NepJournal March 29, 2017 20:39

Kenya receives in style first direct flight from Mogadishu

By NJ Correspondent:

African operated commercial flight lands at JKIA to a VIP reception becoming the first direct flight from Mogadishu in 10 years.

Resumption of direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi resumed in style today with the first commercial plane carrying 49 passengers receiving VIP sendoff and reception in Mogadishu and Nairobi respectively.

The plane from the Somali capital landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 1.00 p.m making it the first direct flight in 10 years, the fruits of bilateral talks between Kenya and Somalia that were led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed during his first State Visit to Kenya last week.

While the Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre saw off the flight at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport, Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia (Transport) and Joseph Nkaissery (Interior) were at hand to receive it at the JKIA.

Khayre termed the development a success of Somalia’s new administration while Kenya’s transport CS James Macharia said the historic resumption of direct flights between the two cities signaled a revitalization of cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

Macharia expressed optimism that the direct flights would also enhance trade between the two countries.

“For us in the transport sector, we have always been working to boost Nairobi’s position as a regional aviation hub. With the opportunities available in the region and the improved security environment and stability following the recent election of President Mohamed, the resumption of direct flights could not have come at a better time,” said CS Macharia

The development effectively ends requirements for flights from Mogadishu to transit in the North Eastern Kenya town of Wajir for thorough screening and vetting of passengers before proceeding to Nairobi.

CS Macharia said before the re-launch of the direct flights, the Government security agencies formed a multiagency team, which travelled to Mogadishu to assess the security situation of the airport.

This was followed by the setting up of robust security arrangements at Mogadishu airport to oversee the flight routes and departure procedures in order to ensure the safety of passengers travelling between the two countries.

The Transport CS added that the various United Nations agencies operating out of Nairobi expressed satisfaction with the security measures put in place and support the re-opening of the route.

The said UN agencies have been yearning for the resumption of direct flights in order to enhance their operations between Mogadishu and Nairobi.

Interior CS Nkaissery said robust security measures have been put in place in Mogadishu airport to ensure the safety of aircrafts.

He said Kenya and the Somali Governments have put a team in Mogadishu to oversee the security of the airport.

“Here in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that all aircrafts are fully inspected so that the status of our airport is not compromised,” said CS Nkaissery.

The Interior CS pointed out that the national security agencies have ensured that Mogadishu airport is fully secured and that all necessary measures are in place for smooth operations.

He expressed optimism that following the resumption of direct flights, many airlines will ply the Nairobi to Mogadishu.

Also present at the airport to receive the inaugural flight from Mogadishu was the acting Somalia Ambassador to Kenya Ali Mohamed Sheikh.

Kenya’s transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia receives passengers from Somalia in a direct flight for the first time in 10 years.

 

Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery receives passengers from Somalia in a direct flight for the first time in 10 years.

Passengers welcomed the direct flight.

Africa is among Kenyan registered airline companies operating the Mogadishu – Nairobi route.

Somalia Premier Hassan Khayre sees off flight crew and passengers of the first direct commercial flight to Nairobi at Mogadishu’s Adden Adde international airport earlier in the day.

 

Additional reporting by PSCU

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