National carrier, Kenya Airways has launched daily operations from Nairobi to Mogadishu, Somalia.
This comes after previous postponement occasioned by delay in getting additional airline and operational requirements for aircraft operating this route.
Aircraft Leasing Services (ALS), which is already licensed to fly this route, will operate on behalf of Kenya Airways under the Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) arrangement.
Kenya Airways has previously worked with ALS in a similar arrangement flying from Nairobi to Lokichogio.
The first flight, on the all economy class Embraer 145 with a capacity of 50, departs from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Terminal 2E at 13:00 arriving in Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu at 14:45 every day.
Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said that the new route underscores the airline’s commitment to serve Africa with a view of supporting the continent’s socio-economic integration and development.
He says the route now eases travel for thousands of Somalis who live in Kenya as well as those from the diaspora traveling to their native country.
“Introducing more destination on the African continent is a major development and achievement for the airline as part of our strategy, which sets growth on the African continent as one of our key objectives. We look forward to facilitating more commerce opportunities to and from Somalia with this new route, and to provide our guests with the award-winning Pride of Africa experience,” he added.
From Mogadishu, the flight will depart at 15:50 landing at JKIA at 17:35.
KQ declined to disclose how much a return air ticket will cost.
Previous indications showed that it would go for about Sh42,000 ($403) round trip and Sh22,000 ($218) one way.
This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from our destinations in Africa, Far East and the USA through Kenya Airways hub at the JKIA in Nairobi.
The airline will fly Embraer 145 plane which has a capacity of 50 passengers.
Kenya Airways currently flies to 53 destinations worldwide, 43 of which are in Africa.