Dubai’s SKA signs deal to manage Mogadishu airport

SKA Air & Logistics also in running to manage Somalian sea port, says source
Dubai’s SKA signs deal to manage Mogadishu airport
A source at SKA described conditions at Mogadishu airport as challenging
By Shane McGinley
Wed 29 Dec 2010 12:17 PM

Dubai-based
SKA Air & Logistics is to take over the management of Somalia’s Mogadishu
international airport, a source at the company said on Tuesday.

The
ten-year contract is understood to include management of the terminals,
screening and passenger security.

“We
have not formally taken over at this stage but in few weeks’ time we will be
taking over management of the airport,” an unnamed company manager told AFP.

SKA
Air & Logistics, which has offices in Dubai, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq,
was approached by the Somali government to bid for the contract.  The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Operating
in Somalia is “challenging for the time being but as we go along hopefully
things will improve,” the source said.

The
logistics firm is also understood to be in the running for a contract to manage
Mogadishu sea port.

The
airport, known as Aden Adde airport after a previous Somali president, operates
flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and the Somali cities of Berbera,
Galcaio and Hargeisa.

SKA
Air & Logistics was not immediately available for comment.

 

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