Kenya on Monday suspended flights from Somalia within the newest present that relations between the 2 sides haven’t thawed as introduced final week.
A Discover to Airmen (Notam) on Monday indicated that flights departing for or arriving from Somalia won’t be allowed for 3 months from Could 11 to August 9 this 12 months. Solely humanitarian deliveries and medical evacuation flights shall be allowed into the nation, in response to a discover by the aviation regulator, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).
The Authority didn’t elaborate on causes however advised there had been a safety directive from the federal government to limit air visitors between the 2 international locations. The choice means all chartered and scheduled flights to Somalia won’t be allowed.
Nonetheless, flights from Somalia passing by means of the Kenyan airspace to a different vacation spot shall be exempted. The announcement was made simply as Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo was flying over Kenya to Uganda for the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni for the fifth time period.
Additionally exempted are navy flights which aren’t inside the jurisdiction of the KCAA.
The transfer, nevertheless, dents any newest efforts to revive relations between the 2 international locations.
Final week, Qatari particular envoy Mutlaq bin Majed al-Qahtani helped dealer resumption of relations and Mogadishu introduced it was reopening its diplomatic channels with Nairobi that it had shut down in December 2020, protesting in opposition to Kenya’s alleged interference in Somalia’s inner issues.
However Somali officers clarified that the resumed relations won’t contain lifting the ban on miraa commerce or discussions concerning the maritime boundary dispute that’s awaiting a verdict on the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice.
Somalia, nevertheless, has not indicated when its ambassador will resume his publish in Kenya. Mr Mohamud Nur Tarsan was recalled to Mogadishu and Kenya’s Lucas Tumbo requested to return to Nairobi after Mogadishu lower ties in December final 12 months. Nairobi, nevertheless, didn’t sever the ties.
This is not the primary time both Nairobi or Mogadishu is banning flights.
Proper after the autumn of Siad Barre’s regime, Kenya’s then President Daniel Moi suspended flights and closed its borders with Somalia. A petition from humanitarian companies, nevertheless, allowed a particular hall for help deliveries.
In later years, Kenya had restricted flight arrivals from Somalia, asking them to first land in Wajir for safety checks earlier than continuing to some other port of name. A dialogue between the 2 sides noticed the transfer lifted in 2019, after Mogadishu agreed to accentuate safety checks for its departing passengers.
Just a few months later, Somalia banned flights from Kenya carrying miraa into Somalia, and restricted all different flights to land in Mogadishu earlier than going to some other port of name. This directive was, nevertheless, ignored by rebellious federal states in Somalia.