Direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi resumed Wednesday March 29, 2017 with the first plane carrying 49 passengers from Somali’s capital Mogadishu landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 1.00 p.m.
Re-launch of direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu was agreed in the recent bilateral talks between Kenya and Somalia.
The talks were led by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed during his first State Visit to Kenya last week.
Present to receive the first flight were Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia (Transport) and Joseph Nkaissery (Interior). The flight marked the resumption of direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi after close to 10 years suspension.
Transport CS said the historic resumption of direct flights between the two cities signaled a revitalization of cooperation between the two neighboring countries, expected to boost trade between the two countries.
For the last 10 years, flights from Mogadishu were landing at Wajir airport for thorough screening and vetting of passengers before proceeding to Nairobi.
Also present at JKIA to receive the inaugural flight from Mogadishu was the acting Somalia Ambassador to Kenya Ali Mohamed Sheikh