Kenya Airways has had to postpone its direct flights to Mogadishu following Somalia’s demands for additional insurance.
The inaugural flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has now been postponed to 5th December according to the officials.
In a move that was expected to boost economic ties with Somalia, Kenya Airways was to fly from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 15th November to Mogadishu’s Aden Adde
Sebastian Mikosz, Kenya Airways chief executive, on Friday, informed the public that the Somalia flight would not take off until KQ meets Somalia Aviation Authority’s insurance requirements.
“The additional requirements relate to insurances that the airline has to get for the aircraft flying on this route. The approval process is what has delayed a bit and we expect to finalize this process within the shortest time possible,” said Mr. Mikosz who did not reveal the required insurance rules.
“All passengers who had booked the flight have been put on other flights that operate on the route,” Mr. Mikosz said referring to passengers who were to fly the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.
Every day non-stop flight was to leave JKIA at 0740 a.m. and arrive in Mogadishu at 0955 a.m. local time.
Tickets for the Nairobi to Mogadishu route 42,000 shillings which translates to 403 dollars for a round trip and 22,000 shillings which is 218 dollars in one way.
The postponed flight was expected to depart Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport at 10:45 a.m and arrive at 1.00 p.m. in Nairobi.
This has come shortly after KQ reduced its flights to the newly launched Nairobi-New York route following low demand.