Somalia Warns of “Strong Measures” as Somaliland Disrupts Airspace

Published: February 19, 2024

Mogadishu, Somalia – The Somali government has accused the administration of the northern breakaway region of Somaliland of “disrupting” air traffic and endangering flights, raising concerns about safety and threatening “strong measures” if the actions continue.

Since February 11th, Somalia’s Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) claims Somaliland has been interfering with communication lines used by airplanes in parts of the north. The SCAA asserts these actions violate national and international aviation laws and could put passengers at risk.

Despite issuing warnings and international safety notices (NOTAMs), the Somali government alleges Somaliland authorities persist in their disruptive activities. They believe these actions are influenced by “foreigners” pursuing “selfish interests.”

While the Somali government hasn’t specified the nature of the disruptions, media reports mention incidents involving flights by El Al and Qatar Airways.

The Somali government emphasizes its commitment to ensuring airspace safety and warns of “strong measures” if the disruptions continue. They also pledge to hold those responsible accountable.

The situation raises concerns for airlines operating in the region and potentially disrupts travel plans.