MOGADISHU (SD) – Two Somali commercial airlines have today secured aircraft registration and licenses from Somali government for the first time in more than three decades.
Somali Civil Aviation Authority have issued licence and registration certificates to Freedom and Hala airlines both based in Mogadishu.
The development comes just hours after Somali Federal Government has officially started registration of commercial airplanes following a ceremony held in Mogadishu.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mohamed Abdullahi Salad, Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation directed all airlines operating in Somalia to register with Somalia’s Civil Aviation Authority with immediate effect.
The horn of Africa nation has recent years been struggling to rebuilt its civil aviation department.
In 2017, Somali government officially regained control and management of its airspace after 27 years being under the control of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regional office in Nairobi.
The following years, the horn of Africa nation succeeded to move its air controllers from Nairobi to Mogadishu after more than two decades.
Air traffic over the nation had been controlled by the United Nations from neighbouring Kenya since 1992, a year after the Somali civil war broke out.
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