Somalia voids airline licenses

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Somalia’s government has cancelled licenses of the four business airlines operating in Aden Abdulle International Airport, a Press TV report says.

The four airlines, Jubba, Dallo, African and Glad had cancelled all flights to and from Mogadishu since midnight Tuesday after al-Shabaab fighters, affiliated to the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC), shut down the airport saying it was being used to facilitate the presence of occupying Ethiopian forces, a Press TV correspondent reported Friday.

Government officials had called for an urgent meeting with the four airlines’ officials Friday afternoon. During the session they were ordered to hand over their operating licenses issued to them by the government, the report said.

They were told that if they stopped their flights to and from Mogadishu on the orders of al-Shabaab, and if they think al-Shabaab is the government, then they should approach them and claim their licenses from them, our correspondent quoted one official as saying.