Somalia stalls Kenya Airways flights with new insurance rules

Somalia’s demand for additional insurance for Kenya Airways’  direct flights to Mogadishu forced the Kenyan carrier to postpone to December 5 the inaugural journey from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, officials said.

KQ, as the Kenyan carrier is popularly known, was to fly directly to Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport last Thursday, November 15, in a move that was expected to boost commercial ties with the Horn of Africa nation.

Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, however, said on Friday that the Somalia flight would not take off until the airline meets Somalia Aviation Authority’s insurance requirements.

He did not disclose the additional insurance requirements or how different they are to what is already needed to fly to the war-torn nation.

“The additional requirements relate to insurances that the airline has to get for aircraft flying on this route. Approval process is what has delayed a bit and we expect to finalise this process within the shortest time possible,” said Mr Mikosz.

Sources: Business Daily Africa