Kenya reopens airspace for flights to and from Somalia after one month ban

An Astral Aviation cargo flight/ COURTESY

Kenya has reopened its airspace for flights to and from Somalia after a one month ban.

In a note verbale dated June 10, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs ministry said the move is a show of goodwill in the interest of the two countries, and hoped that it will cause full normalization of bilateral relations, which have undergone undue strains.

“The government and people of Kenya remain true partners for the peace and prosperity of Somalia and look forward to the renewal of the enduring bonds of friendship and partnership between Kenya and Somalia,” Foreign Affairs ministry said.

The crew and passengers are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols, among them possession of a negative PCR certificate conducted within 96 hours of travel other than children under 5 years, and fill in traveler locator form.

Kenya suspends flights to and from Somalia for three months

Last month, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority sent a Notice to Airmen suspending all flights between the two countries.

Kenya had said the suspension would remain until August 9.

The ban came days after Somalia maintained that despite the resumption of diplomatic ties at the time, the ban on miraa importation is still on.

In a letter seen by The Brief, Somalia Civil Aviation Authority said that carrying miraa from Kenya is still prohibited, and the “policy of the government of Somalia did not change regarding transportation of miraa to Somalia airports”.

Somalia restored diplomatic relations with Somalia in early May after five months of hostility. The rapprochement was facilitated by Qatar.

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