Friday, June 8, 2012

► SOMALIA: Ethiopian to start Berbera from July; delays Hargeisa service.

Press reports out of Somaliland state that Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is to commence a daily Q400 service from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to the city of Berbera, on the Somaliland Red Sea coast, effective 1 July 2012. There will be 3 morning and 4 afternoon flights.

Originally built with Soviet aid, Berbera Airport got a new departures terminal in 2010 at a cost of USD$110'000.

Berbera Airport, Somaliland
Berbera Airport, (Somaliland) Somalia (Mitya Aleshkovsky)
Meanwhile, in another Somali-related development, Ethiopian has had to postpone indefinitely, its Addis Ababa - Hargeisa, Somaliland originally planned to start on 10 June 2012, due to the ongoing renovation of the runway there, started on 27 May 2012. The wait, however, could be prolonged, as there are allegations of incompetence and poor workmanship on behalf of the Chinese contractors 'China Hono Group'.

The closure of Hargeisa's Airport has forced people to use Berbera Airport, 160kms away, which is the most likely mitigating factor in Ethiopian's decision to open the Addis Ababa - Berbera route.
"The resumption of flights to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, scheduled for June 10, 2012 has been differed as renovation of runway at Hargeisa airport has not been completed. Once the renovation at Hargeisa airport is completed, Ethiopian plans to start flights immediately."

Read More Here [TigraiOnline]