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Somalia to revive national airline after 21 years

MOGADISHU — The Somali government this week said it was committed to reviving the national carrier, Somali Airlines, after more than two-decades of absences from the airs.

Mohammed Osman Ali “Dhagah-tur”, the general director of ministry of aviation and transport, told local media that plans to bring the white star carrier from scrap yards were already underway.

He said there was huge interest and market for the Somali Airlines to be salvaged as hundreds of thousands of Somalis are set to return back to the country from abroad after many years.

The Somali government and the Somali Civil Aviation Steering Committee have recently met with various aviation governing bodies including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal.

During a two-day meeting in Montreal, the Somali Civil Aviation Steering Committee requested international assistance to rebuild the national civil aviation capacity over the next three years.

The committee also requested that all administration and management of the industry should be handed back to the Somali authorities instead of operating in Nairobi by foreign staff.

Following the collapse of the central government in Somalia, in 1996 UNDP and ICAO established the Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia (CACAS) in the Kenyan capital. Many Somalis have since complained about the foreign establishment handling their airspace from foreign offices with many said to be enjoying high kickbacks.

A technical audit report in early this year found evidence of widespread corruption in the Nairobi office and that: “There are few very low paid Somali aviation personnel, who are working in the project, but are treated as second class associates. The Somalis are working on pupils visas in Kenya, and there are huge disparities and discrepancies in salaries, benefits and allowances when compared to the Kenyan staff members who are paid, three or four times higher than what the Somalis are getting, though some of them are having higher or equivalent qualifications of their non-Somali counterparts.”

The Somali Civil Aviation Steering Committee is comprised of the TFG, Puntland, Somaliland and members of CACAS, UNDP and ICAO/TCB.

The discussion in Montreal chaired by Ahmed Dalal Farah, the Director of Somaliland civil aviation, strongly emphasized the need to transfer all Somali aviation assets and operations from Nairobi to the hands of Somali authorities.

The transitional government, whose mandate expires in less than a month, is set to form its own committee to help rebuild the industry, draft new laws and to regulate aviation standards in Somalia.

Mr. Ali believes once Somalia restores its stability after years of civil unrest, many local and international carriers will channel in their flights to Africa’s most strategic nation. Furthermore, local analysts believe Somalia might become one of the biggest tourist markets due to its long coastline full of pristine beaches and historical sites.

Founded in 1964, the Somali Airlines ceased operations in 1991 following the outbreak of the civil war that ousted Dictator Mohamed Siad Bare. Before it collapsed it had a fleet of 10 aircraft.

Mr. Ali took the opportunity to announce new regulations from the Somali ministry of transport and aviation, which prohibits drivers from using unroadworthy vehicles on the public roads. He said new cars will be imported into the country and once they arrive, all civilians are required to replace cars deemed unroadworthy for public safety.

Somalilandpress

July 22, 2012

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  • hamsa

    IT IS ANOTHER MARKETING PLOY, SO THESE OFFICIALS CAN SYPHON PUBLIC FUNDS (FUND FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY), THEY ARE BLOODY MURDERERS, THEY ARE NOW FASTING AND PRAYING THINKING THEY ARE GOOD MUSLIMS, WHO ARE THEY FOOLING BUT THEMSELVES.

    WE WILL ALL DIE ONE DAY, AND THEN THEY WILL ANSWER WHY DID THEY MISAPPROPRIATE FUNDS FROM THOSE BABIES AND ELDERS STARVING FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND FOOD.

    AIRLINE??? FIRST, STOP STEALING PUBLIC FUNDS!!

  • Xarago

    It's good news for Somalia once again to stand their feet and be great nation with peace and stability and good economic mashaallah.

    Viva Somali Republic

  • Saleebaan Xaaji

    "Insha'Allah" Airline is coming back! I wonder what has happened to all the fly-over money for the past two decades. I hope it has not been stolen in Nairobi. Anyway, one of the unique things about Somali Airlines was all its pilots were Somali, a very rare thing in Africa in those days. Good luck.

  • WANLAWEYN

    this is the proudest day since the collapse of our nation. i will take this airline and will pay just that extra $300

    • kaboon

      same wallahi i would be willng to pay up to $1000 if i have just to feel the pride. imagin a a380 somali airlines

  • WANLAWEYN

    if i have to. 1963 just three years after independence we manged to set up why not now?

  • kaboon

    mashallah if this is true then it is one of the best news coming from those people in mogadisho

  • mo ahmed

    It will come back,i was lucky enough to ride few times somali airline. somalis use to have The best pilots in africa for one reason most of Them had so many flight hour’s in Their log books becuase The plane never stops.

    You can’t not even feel any pamp when They landing The plane,1982 barre/afweyne was attending U.N meeting in new york he said i want somali airline take me There.

    The problem is somali airline never cross before atlantic ocean usually use to go middle east & Europe.somali pilots selected one of Their most experience senior pilot take barre to new york They done it successfully without any obstacles.

  • mu

    if it,s true then good 4 lost pride be proud head high shoulders back hope is there

  • mogadishu

    good news even for somaliland people remember this is somali airline not somalia airline even djiboutians and occupied lands can feel proud of the name "somali"

  • amal

    It's a good news to all Somalis mash Allah. Never seen a Somali airline before, good one. Next a rail way that travels through the Somali peninsula would be nice.

    • isse

      Somali Peninsula?? i thought Somaliwene is dead.

  • DaughterOfSomalia

    This is an exciting news

  • Kayse

    I am extremly happy, this is wonderful news. I always hear bad news from back home, killing, famine or etc. I am very optimistic about the future, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, let us all hope and pray we will not go back the position that we were for few months ago AAMIIN

    • Kayse

      Fake Kayse,

      Nicely said my friend but I am not sure about this "few months ago" position. Where were we few months ago that was so positive? hahahahaha alla maxaad iga yabisay dee.

      Keep up the good work.

      • abdi

        @kayse.

        No need to reply delusionst,we know it’s fake one. everyone has distinctive image when writing comments or reply anyone with brain can see That. no one can imitate other person.

  • Somaliaqueen

    Masha'ALLAHA, I remember as a 5 year old girl when my dad took me to show the cockpit somali airline. He use to work as an Ingerneur for the somali airlines

    • hamsa

      ahhh ..how nice ..manshaalah

  • Mike

    I am ready to launch a new Airline service into Somalia. I would be interested to learn your comments and feedback: mcarvath@skyaeronautical.com or call: +971(0)558816005 / +44(0)7766903190

    • Somalia airlines

      call me

    • Mohamed Olol

      Hi Mike I have send an Email to you about launching an Airlines please check you email.
      My name is Mohamed Olol

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  • Sayid waddani

    THE NEW AIRLINES OF SOMALILAND WILL BE

    SOMALILAND REPUBLIC AIRLINES

  • Sayid waddani

    VIVA SOMALILAND REPUBLIC <3

  • Mike

    Our new website is now live and is ready to take bookings for travel to Somalia; http://www.flyskyaero.com
    Please call me for further information: +447766903190 mcarvath@flyskyaero.com

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