Kenya government has issued a new directive that will impose all Somalia flights to fly Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport via Wajir after the resumption of Mogadishu-Nairobi flights two years ago.
According to a notice to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority that government says by 9th of May 2019 all flights from Somalia must fly to Wajir airport for Security check up before resuming their journey to Nairobi.
According to Dalsan Radio, a Mogadishu based Somali new channel, Ethiopia also has taken a similar step by imposing Diredawa stopover by all flights from Somalia.
BREAKING #Kenya and #Ethiopia raise their security alert status by imposing a mandatory security check up stop over in Dire Dawa and Wajir for previously direct flights coming from Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Dalsan has learnt #Somalia
— Radio Dalsan (@DalsanFM) May 9, 2019
Somalia has a long bitter rivalry with both countries as a dispute of maritime border with Kenya recently put the diplomatic relations in both at risk. Kenya accuses Somalia of selling exploration rights of oil blocks in the disputed area, a claim Somalia has denied.