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Kenya allows two flights to Somaliland despite ban

Kenya allows two flights to Somaliland despite ban

The Kenyan government has allowed two airplanes to fly to Somaliland to deliver electoral material despite the ban on commercial flights to and from Somalia.

A diplomatic clearance MFA/PRO.91/002 (052) said two aeroplanes operated by Astral Aviation will be allowed to deliver the material from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi through Djibouti and to the Somaliland capital Hargeisa.

A MacDonnell Douglas DCC-9F and a Boeing B727-727F, which are registered in Kenya, will deliver the cargo between May 13 and 15 with a possibility of extension should there be delays.

“Kindly note that the clearance is granted with a 72-hour window to cater for any delays,” the note from Kenya’s Foreign Ministry to the Somaliland Liason Office said on Thursday.

The move comes after on Tuesday, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said that commercial flights to and from Somalia would be paused for three months without giving a reason.

Only humanitarian deliveries and medical evacuation flights will be allowed into the country, the aviation regulator according the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

Somalia on last week restored diplomatic relations with Kenya after mediation by Qatar after almost six months break, accusing Kenya of meddling in politics.