Kenya Airways starts daily flight to Somalia

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A Kenya airways plane. The airline is among Kenyan flight operators that had been banned by Tanzania./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: You can now travel daily to Mogadishu, Somalia.

National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has started daily flights from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

This comes after previous postponement occasioned by delay in getting additional airline and operational requirements for aircraft operating this route.

The first flight, on the all economy class Embraer 145 with a capacity of 50, departs from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Terminal 2E at 1pm arriving in Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu at 2:45pm every day.

In a statement, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said that the new route now eases travel for thousands of Somalis who live in Kenya as well as those from the diaspora traveling to their native country.

“Introducing more destination on the African continent is a major development and achievement for the airline as part of our strategy, which sets growth on the African continent as one of our key objectives. We look forward to facilitating more commerce opportunities to and from Somalia with this new route, and to provide our guests with the award-winning Pride of Africa experience,” said Mikosz.

“With Kenya Airways currently flying to 53 destinations worldwide, 43 of which are in Africa, the airline now offers a connecting option for its guests coming from Somalia to all the destinations within its network,” he added.

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