Kenya suspends Somalia flights for three months
Kenya has suspended all flights to and from Somalia starting on Tuesday, just days after Mogadishu restored diplomatic relations with Nairobi following a mediated by Qatar. In a Notice to Airmen (Notam), the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said flights departing for or arriving from Somalia will not be allowed for three months. According to the Kenya aviation authority, only medics and humanitarian deliveries will be allowed. The decision means all chartered and scheduled flights to Somalia are suspended. However, flights from Somalia, passing through the Kenyan airspace to other destinations are exempted. The move by Kenya came as President Mohamed Farmaajo was overflying Kenya on his way to Uganda to attend the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni. On Sunday Somalia said it will continue the ban on khat imports from Kenya stands despite a resumption of diplomatic ties. Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said in a statement to all operators that the government’s ban on the leafy stimulant was still on the force. "Transporting miraa without clearance from SCAA will be considered an unlawful act and violation of Somali Airspace,” the Aviation body said. Last week, Somalia announced it was restoring diplomatic relations with neighbouring Kenya after mediation by Qatar According to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Doha had agreed with the presidents of both countries that they would work on strengthening bilateral relations and bringing them "back on track".