Kenya Airways resumes direct flights to Mogadishu


African airline Kenya Airways announced the resumption of nonstop flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu, Somalia, on Thursday, February 15th.

The move aims to enhance regional connectivity after restoring a bilateral air services agreement between Kenya and Somalia in August 2023.

The airline will operate the route thrice weekly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s Terminal 2, aboard its 96-seat Embraer 190 aircraft.

Kenya Airways initially launched flights to Mogadishu in 2018 but suspended them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, remarked:

The introduction of 3x-weekly flights will undoubtedly enhance trade and economic opportunities between our connected regions, stimulate tourism, and strengthen cultural and social ties. Apart from passenger services, our recently acquired B737-800 Freighter has started ferrying cargo directly between Sharjah and Mogadishu with a weekly flight and plans to increase this to twice weekly by April 2024.

Kilavuka further noted the route’s potential to enhance trade, tourism, and cultural ties between the connected regions.

Kenya Airways has also initiated cargo operations between Sharjah and Mogadishu, with plans to double the frequency by April 2024.

Flight KQ-362 is scheduled to depart from Nairobi at 2:00 PM local time and is set to arrive in Mogadishu at 3:50 PM local time. The return flight, KQ-363, is set to depart from Mogadishu at 4:35 PM and arrive back in Nairobi at 6:20 PM.

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