10 November 2012

Somalia: SKA Effectively Manages Aden-Adde International Airport

Muqdisho — With the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in 1991 and the ensuing civil war, the airport's ongoing renovations came to a halt. Aviation operations declined and infrastructure overtime became dilapidated and dysfunctional. Due to this, and the ongoing instability International air traffic to Mogadishu declined and came to a virtual standstill. Very few commercial aircraft arrived from outside and activities decreased.

Limited planes from East African countries flew in and airlines was reluctant to resume flights to Aden Adde International Airport due to the conflict, lack of central government and the non-existence of airport management.

Things changed dramatically in 2011 when SKA-Group got involved at Aden Abdule Airport, Mogadishu. On 28th of June 2010, Mr. Mike Douglas, President and CEO of SKA signed an agreement with the TFG Government to take over the management of the airport for a period of 10 years. Official takeover was announced by the Minister of Transport in May 2011 and SKA- Somalia, now a Somalia Registered Company, commenced services in July 2011.

SKA Group

SKA International Group is world-class provider of aviation services and logistics. The team that currently make up SKA have been operating in Iraq since 2003 and have expanded to 8 other countries in the Middle East and Africa including Somalia. SKA's diverse capabilities include a wide range of Aviation Services, Ground Logistics, Life Support, Fuel Supply Chain Management, Camp Construction, and Security Services.

SKA rightfully prides them on combining unique solutions with unrivalled services helping clients achieving their goals in the most difficult environments. This earned SKA their motto of, "Doing Difficult Jobs in Difficult Places". This is not just a market slogan, but founded on a proven historical track record.

SKA-Group took a leading role in 2010, as one of the first foreign and private owned companies to invest in Somalia despite the hay days of instability and high level conflict between Al Shabaab and Government Forces. This demonstrates the commitment of SKA to develop Somalia and restore world class services to a proud Nation.

SKA-Group invested over $6 million US Dollar in airport equipment and support services in Mogadishu to raise the standards at the airport. The money for support was invested to employ 200 Somali workers; to train and equip them to render International accepted services at the airport.

Since involvement of SKA- Somalia, the airport has greatly improved, with large-scale rehabilitation of the airport infrastructure, restoring stable electricity supply, renovating the departure- and arrival lounges, baggage handling facilities, installing electronic check-in systems, improving standards of workflow, hugely improving security and supplying Internet connections to the Somali Civil Aviation and Metrological Agency (SCAMA), Immigration, Commercial Airlines, Customs and the Somali Police Services at the airport.

These improvements, along with the training, upgrading of facilities and implementation of policies and procedures elevated the standards of the airport to attract several other commercial airlines to open routes from outside to Mogadishu. Turkish airlines have started flying to Mogadishu and several will follow. Air traffic has increased from a mere 3 to 4 flights a day a year ago to on average 18 flights per day at the moment.

SKA Somalia has strengthened their relationship with the newly elected Government and is evaluating support services into other airports within Somalia and are also investing in logistics solutions to help support the redevelopment of Somalia.

SKA are committed to supporting the new Government of Somalia and investing in the future for the benefit of the Somali people.

Mogadishu Somalis praise SKA for their commitment and support of the Somali people.

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