Somalia: Air Arabia starts commercial flights to Hargaisa in Somaliland
HARGAISA, Somaliland- The Sharja-based carrier Air Arabia has launched its first flight services to Hargaisa city, the administrative capital of northwestern region of Somaliland on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
Air Arabia inaugural flight to Hargaisa was welcomed in a special ceremony participated by top Somaliland officials including Vice President, cabinet ministers, Somaliland representative to U.A.E. and Air Arabia officials.
This will be the second U.A.E.-based carrier to launch flight services to Hargaisa as Fly Dubai carrier started services in 2015 and was hailed by residents in the region and people all over Somalia.
However, the start of Air Arabia commercial flights comes following recent agreement between Somaliland administration and U.A.E to construct road connecting Barbara port city to Ethiopia and build new international Airport in Barbara.
Somaliland’s relation with Arab coalition has strengthened in the past period following decision to side with Saudi-bloc to cut relation with Qatar over supporting extremist groups.
Somaliland is a former British protectorate and declared its own independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, however, it has not been recognized by any country in the world to date.