8 January 2013

Somalia: Travelers Praise Services At Mogadishu Airport

As Mogadishu is regaining its image as a stable capital city of a nation with a full speed of security improvements, Somalis living in the Diaspora started to flow in the city and the city's Adan Ade airport their first entry touch point to most of these Somali, who some of them have not come or seen the country since it fell into chaos in the earlier of 1991.

The airport now handles daily flights with Somalis from all the five continents in the work and most of them are taken aback by the security and logistic services the airport can offer and let us not forget that it was not a long time ago when Mogadishu was a divided city which controlled by Somali government backed by forces from African Union and Islamists who were on the verge of taking over it before they were routed out by the combined forces of Somalia and Amisom.

And the city was dubbed so many hopeless and harrowing names in the global media such as, the most dangerous city in the work so the Somali returnees can't believe that within such short period of time since the Islamic militants were pushed out, Mogadishu's airport was activated from almost nothing to almost fully operational airport which can now handle logistically international airlines such as Turkish airlines and sometimes other big jets which land the airport for government to government errands such flights from Qatar airways.

Thanks to SKA air logistics, which is based in Dubai, for such rapid development to Adan Ade airport, which spreads happy smiles on the faces of Somali travellers, who are returning to Mogadishu after along absence.

One of these travellers is Hassan Musa Ahmed, a Somali national who left Mogadishu, which is hometown in 1991 soon after the tribal militias launched attacks on the city in a drive to topple the government of late Mohamed Siad.

Mr. Ahmed has been living in exile in Europe for all those of years and he was a recipient of bad news happening in the country all those years via phone calls from his relatives and Somali media but when the jet that was carrying him and his five family persons landed in Mogadishu around the new year's eve, they were surprised when the came to the passengers terminal at the airport.

They saw travellers going through security metal detectors, logistic staff running tasks as usual as other world airports and the repeatedly asked all alone thimselves, who is behind all this development? Then the suddenly saw the name of SKA at the airport.

"As a Somali national, I want to thank the SKA air logistics, both its executive and staff for their bravery to carry out such great development in our city and they will undoubtedly go down on golden page in the history of Somalia, said this Somali returnee who spoke to Shabelle recently.

We were expecting a runway surrounded by bullet ridden but to our big surprises, we saw passenger shutlle buses between the aircraft and the terminal and so many other surprises, said Ahmed and his family who flew to Mogadishu via Istanbul Turkey.

It is not only one traveller such as Ahmed or a few who express gratitude to SKA air logistics which has invested, repaired and developed Mogadishu's Adan Ade airport. There are thousands of others who appreciate how SKA has dared to invest and develop the services of the airport which led an increase of its flight from three to dozens everyday.

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