NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways said Monday it plans to launch
direct flights to Somali capital Mogadishu from Thursday as part
of expansion to the Horn of Africa region.
chief executive officer of Kenya Airways, said the airline will
fly seven times weekly as it seeks to enhance intra-Africa air
connectivity linking cities and facilitating movement of people,
and thereby enhancing social and economic ties between the
“The addition of
this route to our network demonstrates our commitment to
improving connectivity on the African continent, while creating
new opportunities for corporates investors, traders and
tourists,” Mikosz said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said that the
daily flight is aimed at meeting the growing travel demand by
Somali travelers, government and non-government organization
officials and a growing number of entrepreneurs from Kenya and
around the region who are keen on seeking opportunities in the
According to data
from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the Horn of Africa
nation is positioned as one of the largest export markets for
In 2017, exports to
Somalia increased by 33.5 percent, which equates to a value of
some 10.7 billion Kenyan Shillings (about 107 million U.S.
Mikosz said the
flight operated by Jambojet is scheduled to depart Nairobi at
about 7:40 a.m. and depart Aden Adde International Airport,
Mogadishu at 10:45 a.m. to arrive back in Nairobi at 1:00 p.m.
“We want to extend
our network reach and make it convenient for our guests who work
and invest in Somalia,” he said.
With the demand for
travel by traders to Somalia through Nairobi increasing, the
launch of this route is expected to ease travel between the two
cities that are the focal points of business in the two
countries and spur commercial activities.
Ethiopian Airlines restarts
Addis Ababa-Mogadishu flights
after 41 years, as Ethiopia-Somalia ties further deepen
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia’s flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) on Friday
launched thrice weekly direct passenger flights between
Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu,
after 41 years break, adding momentum to increasing bilateral
between Ethiopia and Somalia were suspended shortly after the
outbreak of the 1977-78 border war between the two nations.
The launch of
commercial flights between Ethiopia and Somalia, also came amid
wider optimism in the Horn of Africa region and came after
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid a state visit to
Somalia in June, in a bid to boost political and economic ties
between the two nations.
Speaking at the
flight inaugural ceremony in Addis Ababa Bole International
Airport, Abdullahi Mohammed Warfa, deputy head of Mission in
Somalia embassy to Ethiopia, said the flight resumption would
help connect the large Somali diaspora to its motherland.
“We would like to
request Ethiopia to continue its support on one hand and to
continue to connect our people who are in Mogadishu and the rest
of Somalia, connecting them with other destinations in the
world,” said Warfa.
Warfa also said he
had a personal reason to celebrate the resumption of direct
flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu, as the new flight
route significantly cuts the air time he had to endure to travel
between the two cities.
“When I was coming
to Addis Ababa from Mogadishu, I used to go through Nairobi or
Djibouti city or other places to come to Addis Ababa,” he said.
“It took four to
five hours to come to Addis Ababa, but now it was made easy and
I will go in less than two hours, thank you, Ethiopian
Warfa’s optimism was
shared by Ali Adem Mohammed, Deputy Chairman of the Somalia
community in Ethiopia, who said he hoped cargo flights will be
added soon, supplementing the already launched passenger
“This flight will
further deepen the bond between Ethiopians and Somalians, I hope
as next step ET will start cargo flights on top of the passenger
flights,” said Mohammed.
Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, for his part emphasized the
historical nature of the resumption of flights between Addis
Ababa-Mogadishu and its potential economic benefits.
“Today, it’s a great
day to restart a direct flight between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu
after 40 years, today is a historical day. Trade, investment and
tourism ties between Ethiopia and Somalia have been challenged
by lack of adequate air connectivity,” he said.
“The resumption of
air services will promote will promote tourism, trade relations
and investment between Ethiopia and Somalia, as well promote
cross border investment and people-to-people relations,” he
Xinhua that Ethiopian Airlines also plans to launch cargo
flights to Mogadishu, with an eye to facilitate Somalia sea food
exports to the rest of the world, China in particular.
“We have seen how
sea food exports from the likes Madagascar and Comoros via our
Addis Ababa International Airport to China has boosted their
economies, Somalia will join this scheme soon,” he further said.
Airlines in October launched a freighter service from Norwegian
capital Oslo to Guangzhou in southern China, transporting twice
a week Norwegian sea food products to Chinese customers.
Zimbabwean national carrier
courts investors as it seeks to revive fortunes
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
National carrier Air Zimbabwe, which was recently
placed under an administration, on Monday invited interested
parties to invest in it.
in investing in the group are required to register interest with
the Air Zimbabwe administrator at Grant Thornton Chartered
Accountants, an informal tender notice from the administrator
are required to pay a non-refundable documentation fee of 20,000
U.S. dollars and sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to
receiving the information memorandum and other relevant
has also placed a tender for the wet lease of one of Air
Zimbabwe’s two Boeing 767-200ERs.
A wet lease is an
arrangement covering the hire of an aircraft including the
provision of a flight crew and sometimes fuel.
Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Matiza has said
recommendations that the government should assume Air Zimbabwe’s
debt amounting to 377 million U.S. dollars could pave way for
attracting a strategic partner.
assumption by Government), as recommended by the committee
(Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural
Development), will give a competitive advantage to the airline
as it seeks to engage a partner,” state media quoted him saying
“I intend to go to
tender this coming week to seek an investor for the airline,” he
The airline has been
saddled with debt and has been failing to competitively service
its routes with passengers suffering delays and even flight
KFC Zimbabwe re-opens after
month-long break due to currency crisis
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Internationally famed fast food chain, KFC, on Friday re-opened
its outlets in Zimbabwe after a month-long shutdown due to
foreign currency challenges that resulted in rising prices of
At the time for
shutdown, KFC said it had to temporarily suspend operations due
to the “current pressure on the country’s economy.”
The period saw the
value of the local bond note falling sharply against the United
States dollar, making it unviable for most businesses to remain
outlets in the same business responded by increasing prices by
more than 50 percent.
KFC operates six
outlets in Zimbabwe.
“We are excited to
announce that we will be reopening our restaurants across
Zimbabwe today (Friday),” the firm said in a statement.
Death toll in Zimbabwe’s
horrific bus accident rises to 50
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The death toll in Zimbabwe’s horrific bus crash
that occurred Wednesday along the Harare-Mutare highway has
risen to 50.
According to police,
40 people died on the spot, 5 on their way to hospital while 2
more passed on Thursday morning.
Three more succumbed
to their injuries late Thursday, bringing the death toll to 50,
the state broadcaster ZBC reported Friday.
The accident, which
also injured 80 people, occurred when two long-distance buses
collided along the highway.
Government has since
declared the crash a national disaster.
have launched a man hunt for the driver and conductor of one of
the buses involved in the accident after they fled from the
Mnangagwa has since sent a message of condolences to families of
the people who died in the accident, one of the worst in the
country in recent months.