Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airways Refutes Report of Suspending Flights to Keep away from Somali Airspace

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airways Refutes Report of Suspending Flights to Keep away from Somali Airspace

Addis Ababa — Ethiopian Airways on Friday night denied media experiences claiming that it might reroute flights to keep away from Somali airspace, which had beforehand been utilized for flights en path to Asia.

On Friday afternoon, BBC Amharic reported that the airline has suspended flights to Somalia, selecting as a substitute to fly in direction of Djibouti earlier than continuing over central Asia. The corporate arrived at this resolution as a result of lack of “dependable air visitors providers” from Somali air visitors controllers, citing Ethiopian Airways CEO Mesfin Tasew.

Nevertheless, the airways acknowledged on Twitter that the report in regards to the CEO’s feedback on the Somali airspace state of affairs is inaccurate and distorted. “Ethiopian Airways has not stopped flying over the Somali airspace and Ethiopian Airways Group CEO didn’t state that it’s unsafe to fly over Somali airspace. Accordingly, we request BBC Amharic to right the report it has issued on the topic,” it stated.

The BBC article quoted Mesfin as saying that the choice to droop the flight stemmed from an incident final week, the place an Ethiopian Airways flight from Addis to Dubai narrowly averted a collision with a Qatar Airways flight as a consequence of unclear communication from air visitors controllers stationed in Mogadishu.

The incident occurred amidst a dispute between Ethiopia and Somalia regarding a current settlement, permitting Ethiopia to lease 20 km across the port of Berbera for its navy and industrial actions. In change, in accordance with Somaliland, Ethiopia would acknowledge it as an impartial state. Nevertheless, Somalia, which nonetheless regards Somaliland as a part of its territory, is insisting that the settlement be canceled.

Information from the FlightRadar24 flight monitoring web site signifies that the airline’s flights on Friday night did make the most of Djibouti’s airspace, despite the fact that the airline has continued to make use of Somalia’s airspace for cargo flights.

Ethiopia Observer

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