10 June 2014

Somalia: International Civil Aviation Delegation, Somaliland Officials Discuss Airspace Control

A delegation from the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) met with Somaliland government officials at the weekend to discuss the future of airspace control in the region, the Somaliland Informer reported Sunday (June 8th).

The ICAO delegation met with representatives from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air Transport and assessed operations at airports in Hargeisa and Berbera, as well as at the ministry, said Director General of Civil Aviation and Air Transport Omar Abdilahi.

The delegates inspected a new terminal under construction at Berbera airport, which is nearing completion, and a security fence around the airport, which was recently finished.

ICAO Chief of Field Operations Javier Lopez said the delegation would assess the situation and determine whether the Somaliland region is prepared to govern its own airspace.

For his part, Minister of Civil Aviation and Air Transport Mohamud Hashi Abdi thanked the ICAO delegation for their visit and reiterated that Somaliland was indeed prepared to assume control of its airspace.

The talks follow a meeting last week between the ICAO delegation and officials from the Puntland federal state about the future of the Somali Civil Aviation Authority, which soon will be transferred to Somali federal government, Horseed Media reported June 6th.

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