Turkish Airlines first to fly to Mogadishu in 21 years

New twice-weekly route from Istanbul flies via Sudanese capital Khartoum

This week Turkish Airlines becomes the first major international carrier to launch flights to Mogadishu in over two decades. Its new twice-weekly route from Istanbul flies via Sudan’s capital Khartoum. Stability is slowly returning to the Somali capital now that Islamist rebels have been forced out of the city by African Union and government troops. Before the arrival of Turkish Airlines, Mogadishu had been served only by small East African operators.
In August 2011, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was the first non-African government leader to visit Somalia in almost 20 years, and Turkey has since opened an embassy, is building a new hospital and has contributed to improving the airport. When the country’s deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, flew to Mogadishu on the first flight he said, “Somalia was cut off but we have now connected it to the world.”
[photo courtesy Boeing]