June 23, 2012 ·21 Comments
BERBERA — Mohamud Hashi Abdi, Somaliland aviation minister, welcomed the first A320 aircraft to the newly renovated runway at Berbera international airport on Saturday.
The minister said the arrival of the aircraft, operated by Mogadishu-based Jubba Airways, was a great step forward for the local community and Somaliland aviation industry.
Also present at the reception was the director-general of the ministry of aviation, Mr. Saeed Saqiiro, and other senior officials at the Berbera airport.
Mr. Saqiiro noted that they were “gathered here today to witness the historic maiden flight by an airplane of the Airbus A320 family packed to its full capacity”.
He said that Berbera Airport will now henceforth handle any type of aircraft and that such flights have been made possible by the recent upgrade works on the main runway.
The resumption of flights to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, are scheduled for July 10, 2012 since most flights been diverted to Berbera international as renovation of runway at Hargeisa airport has not been completed.
Berbera, is Somaliland seaport with the only sheltered harbor on the South side of the Gulf of Aden, is playing an increasing role as an alternative sea trading door for the East Africa region. It is the most important city in Somaliland next to its capital city Hargeisa.
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