Kenya Opens its Airspace; Resumes Flight Operations to Somalia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the decision was made as a goodwill gesture to boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday announced that as a gesture of ‘goodwill, it was reopening its airspace for flights to and from Somalia.

“This goodwill measure has been made in the mutual interest of our two countries and in the hope that it will cause the full normalisation of bilateral relations between Kenya and Somalia including diplomatic, trade and people to people linkages that have undergone undue strain,” reads the Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement in part.

The ministry also noted that all existing COVID-19 protocols will be applicable to all passengers travelling to Kenya.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) banned all commercial and cargo flights to and from Somalia until August on May 11.

This was despite an agreement between the two to restore diplomatic relations.

According to a NOTAM filed by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) on May 11, 2021, the only exceptions would be United Nations Humanitarian Air Service relief flights, medevac flights, and humanitarian missions. No reason was given for the suspension.

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