Kenya airways to resume flights to Somalia


By Fauxile Kibet

Kenya airways has finally resumed direct flights to Somali capital Mogadishu after postponing the launch twice in the recent past.

The Kenyan national carrier was scheduled to launch its direct flights to Aden Duale International airport on November 5th but delayed due to “additional insurance requirements” to fly the route.

In a statement released Monday, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said that the airline had entered into an agreement with ALS, a Kenyan company that provides insurance to other airlines to start flying to Mogadishu.

“This arrangement covers the hire of an aircraft including the provision of a flight crew, maintenance and insurance,” the CEO said in a statement.

He explained that the daily direct flights will be leaving JKIA at 1:00pm to arrive in Mogadishu at 1:45 pm local time.

KQ flights will also depart Aden Duale International Airport, Mogadishu at 3:50 pm to arrive in Nairobi at 5:35pm.

Kenya is also working on agreements to have its national carrier start direct flights to three other regional countries.

Burundi declined the Bombardier DHC8-Q400 aircraft last month on the basis that they had no business class seats while South Sudan and Djibouti flatly declined the national carrier’s applications.