UPDATE: Kenya bans flights to Somalia for three months

Kenya has suspended flights to and from Somalia for three months but did not cite any reasons for the move which comes barely a week after the two countries restored diplomatic ties.

In a notice to airman (NOTAM) report on May 11, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said all flights between the two countries except UN aircraft on humanitarian missions and those delivering the COVID-19 medical supplies remain suspended.

The NOTAM shall be valid for three months starting May 11, 2021 to August 9, 2021, the report reads. There was no immediate reason for the suspension but it comes barely 24 hours after Somalia maintained khat imports remain banned.

The notice came barely three hours after President Mohamed Farmaajo left for Uganda to attend the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni.

Kenyan media reported that khat valued at $50,000 remained stranded at Jomo Kenyatta International Aiport Monday following the announcement by Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA).

According to traders quoted by the local media, there was hope that Somalia would rescind its ban on khat following the resumption of ties last week.

Mogadishu announced this past week that it had resumed ties with Nairobi following the intervention of Qatar. This followed close to six months of ice-cold relations.


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