Turkish Airlines Re-Launches Mogadishu; First Commercial Service There in 20 Years

It’s obscure airline route time: Turkish Airlines re-launched service from Istanbul to Mogadishu, Somalia, providing the struggling nation (also acceptable: “war-torn nation”) with its first major commercial airline service in 20 years.

Turkey’s prime minister said that he wanted the airline to launch the route to challenge the wisdom that Mogadishu was too dangerous to handle commercial air service. While that may or may not be true, the government shut down the roads leading to the airport as a security measure in advance of the first flight touching down.

For those interested in this type of thing, service will be twice-weekly via Khartoum, Sudan.

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