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Mogadishu – Nairobi direct flights materialize at last

By NJ Correspondent:

The much hyped direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi has at last materialized after the first flight from the Somali capital made its way to Nairobi.

The direct flight operated by the East African becomes the first one of its kind since 2008 coming days after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart finally sealed bilateral deals aimed at enhancing relations between the two neighboring countries.

Kenya imposed requirements for flights from Somalia to transit in the North Eastern town of Wajir for security checks before proceeding to Nairobi.

Somalis however cited inconveniences in this arrangement and embarked on concerted efforts to have the requirement withdrawn.

While Somalis on social media welcomed the move, their Kenyan counterparts in Wajir expressed mixed reactions since the transit flights reduced flight costs between Wajir and Nairobi.

Flight costs between the two Kenyan counties are expected to rise following stoppage of the transit flights.

Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Khayre sees off the flight cabin crew from Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle airport on Wednesday, March 29, 2016.

Travelers welcomed the direct fights.

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