Transport in Somalia was generally under-developed as the majority of the runways are unpaved thus making them unsuitable for larger commercial aircraft. In 1989, before the collapse of the government, the national airline had only one airplane. Now there are approximately fifteen airlines, over sixty aircraft, six international destinations, and more domestic routes in Somalia. Private airlines, such as Daallo Airlines, serve domestic locations as well as Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates. Somalia Civil Aviation Authority (SOMCAA) is the body responsible for regulating the aviation industry in Somalia.
Airports in Somalia
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The political instability engulfing some North African states has extensive implications for tourism and aviation across the region. Already dozens of governments are warning their citizens to avoid travel to Egypt. Several have chartered aircraft to ferry their nationals out. Cairo Airport has been met with chaotic scenes in the past few days as thousands of foreigners seek to leave. In this special report, CAPA reviews the immediate aviation and tourism impacts from the North Africa/Middle East civil unrest.
Dubai World’s move to defer debt repayments and restructure its organisation (not for the first time this year) has global implications. USD59 billion in debt is large by most standards, but not intrinsically debilitating for the global markets. For aviation, the implications could be significant. The group has extensive and diverse airline and related investments. These stretch into many areas of activity, from an investment in EADS to Indian low cost airline, SpiceJet.