Kenya warns of possible full lockdown on flights to and from Somalia

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Kenya has warned of a possible declaration of a full lockdown on all flights operating on the Kenya-Somalia airspace.

In a letter dated May 27 by Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry said it has ‘noticed the misuse of humanitarian flights for bilateral and political matters contrary to the NOTAM and public notice to missions, that air communication between Kenya and Somalia had been stood down.’

“The ministry reiterates that humanitarian flights must strictly be used for humanitarian purposes to avoid a possible declaration by the Government of Kenya of a full lockdown on all flights.”

Kenya last month suspended all flights to Somalia, with the exception of humanitarian deliveries and medical evacuation flights, according to a notice by the aviation regulator, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

In the latest statement by Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that for humanitarian flights, it must be furnished with the list of passengers and goods to be transported to Somalia before clearance is issued.

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