Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport

Airline carriers operating in Somalia, despite poor roads and unsafe seas, are continuously adding flight routes, domestic and international, to meet rising air travel demand. The country’s airline industry is growing. The unofficial carrier of Somalia, Jubba Airways, is adding more leased Soviet Antonov propeller planes and old Boeing jets to its fleet. These Russian planes are very tough and can withstand the rough Somali airports. Because of the boom in air travel, Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport, which was unusable prior to 2010, is expanding. It is now accommodating 35 flights a day.
For the past 20 years, the situation was chaotic. Fifteen commercial carriers, many of them owned by Somalis, tried to revive the defunct airline market. Some of them lasted only for a few years. Others, like the African Express Airways, are still operating in the region.
Security measures in Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport are very tight. More than 15,000 troops are protecting it, and passengers have to pass several security checks before boarding a plane. These security measures have encouraged several carriers to expand their network and fleet. Airlines of neighbor countries such as African Express, Fly540, and Air Uganda have a daily flight schedule. In addition, International carriers such as Turkish Airways have launched their routes.    
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