In Summary
  • KQ was to launch its direct flights to Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu, on Wednesday in a move that was expected to boost trade with the Horn of Africa nation.
  • CEO Sebastian Mikosz however said the airline would not fly to Somalia until further notice as it is still facing a delay in getting “additional operational requirements” to fly on the route.

Kenya Airways has postponed the launch of its direct flight from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the Somali capital Mogadishu indefinitely.

The national carrier which had initially planned to fly to Mogadishu beginning November 15 was to launch its direct flights to Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu, on Wednesday in a move that was expected to boost trade with the Horn of Africa nation.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz however said the airline would not fly to Somalia until further notice as it is still facing a delay in getting “additional operational requirements” to fly on the route.

“There is delay in KQ getting the additional operational requirement----and the launch has been postponed until further notice,” said Mr Mikosz.

The daily non-stop flight was to leave JKIA at 07:40 am to arrive in Mogadishu at 9:55 am local time.

It was then expected to depart Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu at 10:45am to arrive back in Nairobi at 1:00pm.

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