Kenya Airways Resumes Flight to Somalia, after Years of Suspension.

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Kenya Airways, the national carrier, will start operating direct flights from Nairobi to Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 14, 2024. The resumption follows the temporary suspension in August 2020 to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.

KQ Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu on Wednesday said: “We are eager to re-establish the link between Mogadishu and Nairobi through KQ. This move aligns with the increasing business and the growing number of air travel between Kenya and Somalia. Kenya Airways is committed to providing high-quality service for our customers.”

There will be two convenient weekly flights available to travelers starting on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For a smooth and effective travel experience, the assigned flight, KQ 362, will leave Nairobi at 14:00 and guarantee that passengers arrive in Mogadishu by 15:45.

KQ 363 will also run on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Mogadishu to Nairobi. At 16:35, the return flight leaves Mogadishu and lands in Nairobi at 18:20.

KQ claims that this well-thought-out schedule satisfies passenger demands and offers a dependable and timely air travel alternative between the two cities.

To reduce any potential inconveniences, the airline has made connecting flights to the destinations available via Nairobi through its partners. In addition to providing on-demand charter flights, Kenya Airways has continued to provide cargo services to the city.

The announcement was made only a few days after Somalia became the eighth country to join the East African Community (EAC). The country from the Horn of Africa’s admission is expected to increase the EAC market’s population to over 300 million.

“At a summit of the grouping in Tanzania last Friday, we have decided to admit the Federal Republic of Somalia under the treaty of accession,” stated outgoing EAC chair, President Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi.

Joining Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda in the regional bloc was Somalia, whose president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, attended the summit.

Following Somalia’s 2012 application to join the EAC, the regional organization on January 25, 2023, initiated a verification mission to evaluate the country’s preparedness.

Kenya, which Somalia shares a border with, boasts the longest coastline in Africa, spanning more than 3,000 kilometers and connecting the continent to the Arabian Peninsula.

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