Kenya Airways Suspends Flights From Somalia

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has announced the suspension of flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu.

This announcement came days after Somalia announced that diplomatic ties with its neighbour had been normalised following months of tension.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said commercial flights to and from Somalia would be paused for three months, without citing reasons.

According to the regulator, all flights between Kenya and Somalia are suspended expect medevac flights and United Nations flights on humanitarian missions only.

KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe said the suspension is “a decision by the government” but gave no further details.

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The directive was a surprise to Somali aviation officials and travel agents, an airport tower operator in Mogadishu said as they were not given prior notice, and there’s been no explanation about the reason so far.

The suspension comes a day after Somalia said shipments of khat – a narcotic leaf – from Kenya remained on hold.

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