Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

SKA boldly goes to Mogadishu

SKA Air and Logistics of Dubai will begin airport handling in Somalia.

A Dubai aviation company with a taste for global hot spots has agreed to run airport operations in Mogadishu.

SKA Air and Logistics, which prides itself on "doing difficult jobs in difficult places", has signed an agreement with the transitional government of Somalia to bring Aden Adde International Airport into compliance with international standards, said a company official in Dubai who wished to remain anonymous.

"We will be putting a lot of manpower and equipment in place in next few weeks," he said.

The 10-year contract includes managing the passenger terminals, security screening and passenger security, SKA officials in Somalia told Agence France-Presse.

SKA has operations at airports throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. The company's promotional video says it "specialises in working in the world's hot spots, war zones and troubled areas where few others could manage such complex and difficult projects". SKA's Iraq operations involve ground control and flight support, including conducting flights for crop-spraying, and missions in support of national elections. It said it has conducted more than 36,000 flight missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past three years.

Several SKA staff members are already based at Mogadishu airport training Somali personnel, according to news reports. Airport operations are restricted to a "sunrise to sunset" schedule, but SKA plans to improve efficiency when features such as runway lighting are restored, the official said.

The biggest operators using Mogadishu airport at present are UN charters, Jubba Airways of Somalia, African Express Airways of Kenya, and Daallo Airlines of Djibouti.

Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, has had no functioning central government since 1991, and rebel forces control much of the capital and surrounding areas.

Aden Adde airport, on the seafront in the area of Mogadishu controlled by the government, is secured by troops from the African Union force AMISOM, which has its main base there.

When asked about the safety of basing company officials in Somalia to begin implementing the contract, the SKA official said: "It is fair to say Mogadishu is still a dangerous place, but safety has improved."

 

igale@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 The New York Stock Exchange. Rising interest rates will shift momentum away from bonds and back towards risk assets such as stocks. Richard Drew / AP Photo

Plan ahead for rising interest rates

It is now over five years since the majory central banks slashed interest rates to record low but that is all about to change. So, how will rising interest rates affect you?

 The Wind, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition takes place from April 14 to April 16. Above, the Dewa showroom during last year’s Wetex. Jaime Puebla / The National

April corporate and economic calendar for the UAE and overseas

From Cityscape to Wetex to stock-market holidays to nations reporting first-quarter GDP figures, here is our helpful calendar of April's business events in the UAE and internationally.

 The Greens, villas: Q1 no change. 3BR - Dh210-250,000. 4BR - Dh210-260,000. 5BR - Dh220-300,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 5% rise. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Where Dubai rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Dubai have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 Get the latest information on credit cards, bank accounts and loan products in the UAE. Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

Rates report: Latest on UAE loans, accounts and credit cards

Souqamal.com brings you the latest interest rates on banking products in the UAE.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National