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Private Airlines Halts Flights Between Nairobi And Hargeisa

Jetlink drops Hargeisa - prompts Somaliland reaction

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  May 21, 2011

(eTN) - Jetlink, one of Kenya’s privately-owned airlines, has reportedly halted operations between Nairobi and Hargeisa, the capital of the self-proclaimed region of Somaliland, in the face of low passenger numbers and for added operational reasons. Last year, East African Safari Air Express also withdrew from the same route, eventually halting all traffic, before being taken over by Fly 540 Aviation.

The withdrawal of Jetlink is now leaving Fly 540 as the only scheduled airline to serve the route, which has according to a source in Nairobi caused an angry reaction by the government of Somaliland.

The ministry overseeing air transport in Somaliland has served the Kenyan airline with notice now that their traffic rights had been cancelled as a result of stopping flights causing an additional spat between the parties over allegations from Hargeisa that suggested "lies had been peddled" – something which could not be independently verified however other than confirming that Jetlink was definitely off that route.

Jetlink drops Hargeisa - prompts Somaliland reaction
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