Kenya Airways has announced that it will begin daily flights to Mogadishu, Somalia with effect from 15 November 2018.
The flights to Somalia will be operated by its subsidiary Jambojet. The budget airline will operate Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft on the route. The flights will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi at 07:40 and depart Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu at 10:45 to arrive back in Nairobi at 13:00.
According to Kenya Airways CEO, Sebastian Mikosz, the daily flights are aimed at meeting the growing travel demand by Somali travelers, government and non-government organization officials and a growing number of entrepreneurs from Kenya and around the region who are keen on seeking opportunities in the country.
“We want to extend our network reach and make it convenient for our guests who work and invest in Somalia. The addition of this route to our network demonstrates our commitment to improving connectivity on the African continent, while creating new opportunities for corporates investors, traders and tourists”, said CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
In March last year, Kenya and Somalia opened a new charter of cooperation by announcing plans to open two border posts and a re-launch of direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu in an effort to facilitate the movement of people, goods and services.