Somalia resumes local flights as coronavirus infections slow down

Local cargo and passenger flights have resumed in Somalia after months of closure precipitated by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Ahmed Moalim Hassan of the Civil Aviation Authority, who made remarks at a ceremony to mark the lifting of the local flight restrictions held at the Aden Adde Airport, said they were ready to ensure safety as the coronavirus continues to pose a threat.

A cabinet meeting held last week approved a decision to resume local flights, with the condition that airlines should ensure health measures are observed.

Flights were suspended in March as the country struggled to deal with a rapidly spreading global pandemic.

The infection rate has in recent weeks gone down, but experts warn the virus could easily surge again if health restrictions are lifted.