NAIROBI, November 12 (Xinhua) – Kenya Airways said Monday plans to start direct flights to Somalia's capital Mogadishu from Thursday as part of expansion to the Horn of Africa.
Sebastian Mikosz, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways, said the airline will fly seven times a week because it aims to improve aviation relations between Africa and connect cities and facilitate the mobility of people, thereby improving social and economic ties between countries.
"The addition of this road to our network shows our commitment to improving the connection on the African continent, while creating new opportunities for the company's investors, traders and tourists," said Mikosz in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said the daily flight aims to meet the growing demand for travel from Somali travelers, governments and non-governmental officials and a growing number of entrepreneurs from Kenya and around the region who are keen to seek opportunities in the country.
According to information provided by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Africa's horn is now positioned as one of the largest export markets for Kenya.
In 2017, exports to Somalia increased by 33.5 percent, representing a value of approximately 10.7 billion Kenyan Shillings (about 107 million US dollars).
Mikosz said that the flight operated by Jambojet is scheduled to leave Nairobi at 07:40 and depart Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu at 10:45 to return to Nairobi at 1:00
"We want to expand our networking efforts and make it comfortable for our guests who work and invest in Somalia," he said.
With the demand for travelers moving to Somalia through Nairobi is increasing, the launch of this road is expected to make it easier to travel between the two cities that are the hub of business in the two countries and spur commercial activities.