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KQ reintroduces direct flights to Mogadishu

Kenya Airways has relaunched direct flights to Mogadishu after a suspension on the route during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline had signed an airline bilateral agreement with Somalia in August 2023 to pave way for direct flights into Somalia.

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Kenya Airway’s Group Managing Director and CEO, Allan Kilavuka said the resumption of flights to Mogadishu aligns with the airline’s strategic commitment to expanding its network across the African continent and contributing to its long-term economic progress.

“The introduction of 3X-weekly flights will undoubtedly enhance trade and economic opportunities between our connected regions, stimulate tourism, and strengthen cultural and social ties,” said Kilavuka.

“Apart from passenger services, our recently acquired B737-800 Freighter has started ferrying cargo directly between Sharjah and Mogadishu with a weekly flight and plans to increase this to twice weekly by April 2024,” he added.

KQ lauded the move saying the flight resumption comes at a time when Somalia is experiencing a state of peace and has regained its Class A classification of its airspace as recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The flights will see the spring of non-stop travel which is important since it will reduce on travel time and enhanced accessibility between the two countries. It will also improve connectivity for business travelers.

Transport Cabinet Secretary said the flights will enhance trade between Kenya and Somalia.

“The three weekly flight will bring numerous benefits to the economies of both countries through trade, improved regional connectivity and cohesion and integration,” said Murkomen .

The flights are scheduled for Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

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