Berbera International Airport is now operational and ready for the biggest of flights sojourn.
The President H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi made the inauguration of the ultra-modernized international airport on Saturday 20th Nov 21.
In a well-represented attendance function made at the airport, the newly restored, renovated and modernized complex with state-of-the-arts facilities was officially opened by the Head of the State who profoundly thanked the government of the Kingdom of the U.A.E. for funding the institution, hence in essence, by standing by the nation and people of Somaliland at dire time.
He said that the people of Republic of Somaliland were indebted to the good gesture shown by the U.A.E. who aided the aviation industry at a hard time.
He expressed hope that the newly renovated airport, which will operate to international standards, will bring more transit planes from all over the globe hence become a new window for investment owing to global integration.
He hailed the Berbera residents (and Sahilians as a whole) for helping ushering in the development being made in the region.
The airport immediately became operational soon after the inauguration and the first flight to lift off the airport was of Ethiopian airlines which had amongst its passengers, the entourage of the president and his delegation to the port city, plus several other dignitaries.
With him to grace the cermony were several cabinet ministers, UAE kingdom officials, numerous members of the diplomatic corps, deputy speaker, and MPs, senior government officials, Ethiopian Airways senior officials and some eminent personalities.
The minister whose portfolio carries transportation docket Hon. Mohamed Ibrahim Ataash pointed out that the airport would definitely open new avenues for investment in the country hence prop up development.
The airport has now been constructed with modernized terminals.
The runaway which is over 4 KM is in a holding area of 30 KM2 well fenced perimeter.
Amb. Abdullah Al Naqbi led the senior UAE officials at the function while the Rep of Somaliland Aviation Authority head Mr. Omer Seyid conducted the president in the tour at the airport.