Direct Flights Between Kenya and Somalia resume after one Month Suspension
Direct flights have resumed between the Kenyan and Somali capitals, after a month-long hiatus between Kenya and Somalia. Flights between Mogadishu and the Kenyan metropolis were suspended one month ago, after Kenya halt air traffic with Somalia, without giving any reason for the move. Airline operators and travel agencies in both countries welcomed the resumption of a direct air link. Several Kenyan-owned airlines make regular flights in and out of Mogadishu, including Kenyan Airways. Kenya's aviation authorities suspended all flights to and from Somalia on May 11 after Somalia refused to lift a ban imposed in 2020 on Kenya's cargo flights for khat (miraa). Kenya’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia”. Somalia welcomed the move adding that it could result in full normalization of bilateral ties between Nairobi and Mogadishu.