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Ethiopian Airlines reopens Addis Ababa-Mogadishu flights after 41 years – Xinhua

The photo taken on October 12, 2017, shows the plane of Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua / Michael Tewelde)

Addis Ababa and the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, after the forty-fourties of the war, sparked an increase in bilateral economic relations. Ethiopian carrier Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has launched three times a week direct travel flights between Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and the capital Somalia.

Direct flights between Ethiopia and Somalia were suspended shortly after the outbreak of the 1977-197 border war. Between the two countries.

The launch of commercial flights between Ethiopia and Somalia was also in the midst of wider optimism in the region of Africa, and came after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held a national visit to Somalia in June in an effort to strengthen political and economic ties between the two peoples.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at Addis Ababa International Airport Bole, Abdullahi Mohammed Warfa, deputy chief of mission in Somalia, Ethiopia, said the resumption of the escape would help connect a large Somali diaspora to his homeland.

"We want to ask Ethiopia to continue to support one side and to continue linking our people in Mogadishu and the rest of Somalia linking them to other destinations in the world," Warfa said.

Warfa also stated that he had a personal reason to celebrate the continuation of direct flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu, as the new flight route significantly reduced the air time he had to take to travel between the two cities.

"When I arrived at Addis Ababa from Mogadishu I went to Nairobi or the city of Djibouti or other places to come to Addis Ababa," he said.

"It took four to five hours to come to Addis Ababa, but now it was easier, and I'll go in less than two hours, thanks, Ethiopian Airlines."

Warfa's optimism was shared by Ali Adem Mohammed, deputy chairman of the Somalia community in Ethiopia, who said he hoped freight flights would be added soon, supplementing already-launched travel flights.

"This flight will further deepen the link between Ethiopian and Somali, I hope that the next step ET will embark on cargo flights on passenger flights," Mohammed said.

Ethiopian Airlines Chairman Tewolde GebreMariam, for its part, stressed the historical nature of the continuation of flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu and its potential economic benefits.

"Today is a great day to resume a direct flight between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu after 40 years, today's historic day. The trade, investment and tourism links between Ethiopia and Somalia are caused by the lack of proper air connections," he said. .

"Recruiting air services will promote the promotion of tourism, trade and investment between Ethiopia and Somalia, as well as promoting cross-border investment and people-to-people relations," he said.

GebreMariam told Xinhua that Ethiopian Airlines is also planning to launch freight flights in Mogadishu, with the aim of facilitating Somalia's exports by exporting sea to the rest of the world, especially China.

"We have seen the export of sea food exported from Madagascar and Komoros through our International Airport Addis Ababa to China, boosted its economy, and Somalia will soon join this plan," he noted.

Ethiopian aviation has already launched cargo service from Norway's main city scale in Oslo in Guangzhou in southern China in October, which twice a week transported Norwegian sea food products to Chinese consumers.

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