flydubai Banned From Self Declared State Of Somaliland

The tiny self-declared state of Somaliland has banned flydubai and Air Arabia from flying to its capital Hargeisa. This comes following an incident in March in which Somalia ordered aircraft on route to turn around.

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Somalia ordered the flydubai aircraft to turn around. Photo: flydubai

According to aviation website CH-Aviation, a flydubai Boeing 737-800 operating as flight number FZ661 was en route from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Hargeisa Egal International Airport (HGA) when it was asked to return to the United Arab Emirates.

Somalia asked flydubai flight to turn around

The incident involving aircraft registration number A6-FEV occurred on March 19 after the Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) demanded that the low-cost airline complies with a Somali government ban on international passenger flights. Since the incident, flydubai and Sharjah-based Air Arabia have stopped flying to the autonomous region of Somalia.

“We can confirm this did happen and we are maintaining an open dialogue with the relevant authorities,” a flydubai spokesperson told CH-Aviation in a statement. When Air Arabia was questioned why they were no longer flying to Somaliland, no comment was forthcoming regarding the matter.

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At first, the flydubai aircraft refused to do a U-turn. Photo: flydubai

According to reports coming out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, carried by Hirraan News, the flydubai aircraft initially ignored the notice to airmen (NOTAM) sent by the SCAA and then later communication from air traffic control in Mogadishu.

Somalia was enforcing COVID-19 rules

In what Hirran calls ‘Somalia’s ability to control its airspace per ICAO rules,’ Somalia contacted the relevant UAE authorities who ordered the aircraft to turn around and return to Dubai. Hirraan goes on to say that the plane made a U-turn before entering Somali airspace. Along with flydubai and Air Arabia, Ethiopian Airways has also canceled all of its regularly scheduled flights to Hargeisa.

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Somalia was only enforcing COVID-19 rules. Photo: flydubai

When we take a look to see why Somalia does not want flights going to Somaliland, it is to comply with a government directive halting all flights to Somalia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After having its airspace controlled by Kenya for 20 years after being declared a failed state, Somalia got control back in 2018.

What’s the deal between Somalia and Somaliland?

Somaliland is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. In 1998, a crackdown on militants by the government in Mogadishu led to a civil war that left the country fractured. In 1991, when the government in Mogadishu disintegrated, leaders in Somaliland declared themselves independent, something which Mogadishu did not recognize and still does not today.

While operating as a self-proclaimed state, Somaliland is not recognized by any country or international organization. With a population of around four million people, of which 1.5 million live in the capital of Hargeisa, Somaliland is essential to Ethiopia as it gives the landlocked African nation access to the sea, something, it lost when Eritrea became an independent state in 1993.

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  1. It is a shame that a foreign power had to interfere in another nations aviation industry, even though that power is war toward,

  2. (Please delete previous message) It is a shame that a foreign power had to interfere in another nations aviation industry, even though that power is war torn and occupied, while the other nation is stable and ethnically and linguistically different from their ‘claimant’. The fact that numerous airlines choose to fly to Hargeisa proves that this is a stable and independent nation. Sadly, I think not many will see it as different any time soon.

  3. Somaliland’s air space is not the property that can be controlled by a government that rules one square kilometer of it’s territory (villa wardigle). The UAE based airlines will be the losers. There is a gape in the market for another company takeover.

  4. I Somalia is sovereign country, Somaliland is one Federal states of Somalia. Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia, airaviation authorities are based in Mogadishu. Facts my house in Hargisa Somaliland so as all my family.We didn’t ask 1991 warlords to separate.I still travel between Mogadishu and Hargsia with out any problems. Thanks to Federal Somalia.

    1. Let us see what happens if you try to land in Hargeysa. You will enjoy our hospitality fora loser like you. This is my country, my land and you are not well come for your stupidity.

  5. Somaliland’s air space is not the property that can be controlled by a government that rules one square kilometer of it’s territory (villa wardigle). The UAE based airlines will be the losers. There is a gape in the market for another company takeover.

  6. The people of Somaliland have had a referendum on the question of being independent or remaining united with Somalia and overwhelmingly chosen to leave that failed union. A vibrant and democratic form of government, where people can freely elect their own leaders has taken root in Somaliland. Somaliland is stable, peaceful, truly democratic and thriving; without any foreign involvement. It is mind boggling how a corrupt and inept government, not even able to protect themselves:let alone protecting their own citizens in Mogadishu, can control Somaliland airspace.

  7. Somaliland truely controls its airspace and it dicides who can fly in and who cannot. Indeed Flydubai will be the looser.

  8. Somalia is much worrying about that Somaliland is well connected to the world. the failed state Somalia should to focus its attention inward, towards the many security, humanitarian and development challenges..rather than involving itself in the affairs of other sovereign nations including Kenya and Somaliland.

  9. Somalia is one and will always be one. Hargeisa is part of Somalia so is all the other regions, though some people are enjoying their instability. A true Somali will never accept fructured Somalia, so is also international community. So spend your time trying to build this nation from aground or be prepared to be taken by the tide.

  10. The biggest somaliland country declared its its independence in 1991 18bmay which is the largest part of Somalia and know partially recognized by the world

  11. Whosoever listens to Somalia authority as far as Somaliland is concerned will be indeed the bigger looser as economic opportunities are concern. Somalilanders remember their friends or those who are just and do the right thing.

  12. Ethiopian Airlines still flies to Republic of Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. However Somaliland’s government temporarily stopped all flights from North America and Europe due to Coronavirus situation.

    Its also very likely that Fly Dubai will continue flying to Republic of Somaliland after the corona crisis, UAE and Republic of Somaliand are very very close allies in this region and UAE is the single biggest investor(DP World- US $442 million investment in Berbera Port) in Republic of Somaliland.

  13. Somaliland should provide one more chance to Fly Dubai to continue its flights to capital of Hargeisa if they will not take the offer then simply another company will soon take the apportunity. Somalis authorities have recently confused to Somaliland’s affairs while their internal problems are lacking wise solutions. This will not harm our sovereignity but it will put question mark for future collaborations.

  14. Its about the time to wake up and smell the coffee, LONG LIVE NABAAD IYO NOLOOL LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATIC FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA.

  15. The declared region of north of Somalia is part of Somalia Federal but in their interests we (us Somali) we give them time to till we clean other parts of the country.

  16. Somaliland is an independent country. It does not need recognition from any quarter. Needless to say her people have decided their fate to break away from a union they willing joined hence have the pregorative to leave whenever they feel like.
    Somaliland has been recognized by Almighty God and neednot to stoop low and play second fiddle to Villa Somalia.
    Somaliland people will fight to the last man should Mogadishu try anything sinister.
    Viva Somaliland!

  17. Somaliland got Independence from Britain in 1960 then joined the Italian colony looking for the great Somalia and in 1991 declared as autonomous state, after south Somalia republic politicians mislead the vision of looking great Somalia. Somaliland now is independent state and control over all territory with no international recognition challenges like airspace control, now Somalia cannot oppose the ban Somaliland imposed on Fly Dubai airline, but only negotiation with the Republic of Somaliland

  18. Until Somaliland is fully recognised by the world everyone will adhere to international law which is Somalliland is and will be part of the Federal states of Somalia and its capital Mogadishu.

  19. When will Somalia accept the fact that it is over. Somaliland is stable and thriving,Somalia has not had control over anything in Somalia itself. How does this place have the audacity to interfere in another nations business?

  20. There is some misrepresentation here seems unintentional. That is the Ethiopian airline adhered to the calls of Somali Federal government to block Somaliland airspace. Ethiopian Airline did not stop flying to Somaliland and rejected the calls of the SFG. They still today continue flying to Somaliland. For the Fly Dubai and Air Arabia there is a dialogue going on with the Somaliland authorities as they argue that they ignored the orders from Somalia but in fact was the UAE aviation authority who was turned their flight back. UAE is surely investigating and reviewing the flydubai turning back order and seems that their aviation wasn’t aware the fact that the two countries UAE and Somaliland has close diplomatic ties and the Somali federal government does not have any authority on Somaliland airspace.

    To those who are in the daylight dreaming and thinking the facts on the ground and Somaliland’s sovereignty case could be hidden from the world, I would say to them ease wake up to the reality. You have been in a delusional for more than 30 years by claiming Somaliland as your own back yard and at the same period have been in anarchy and could not sort out the chaos and terrorism that devastated your country so long. The current Somali government based in Mohgadishu was not able to roll peace and unity in not only one region of Somalia but a district. They cant even control not more than 2 km street in the capital of Somalia. These are the people dreaming to block the Somaliland airspace.

  21. If so-called Somali federal government controls Hargeisa and Somaliland airspace, the Somali aviation minister should come to Hargeisa and deal with the airline companies.

  22. There is some misrepresentation here seems unintentional. That is the Ethiopian airline adhered to the calls of Somali Federal government to block Somaliland airspace. Ethiopian Airline did not stop flying to Somaliland and rejected the calls of the SFG. They still today continue flying to Somaliland. For the Fly Dubai and Air Arabia there is a dialogue going on with the Somaliland authorities as they argue that they ignored the orders from Somalia but in fact was the UAE aviation authority who was turned their flight back. UAE is surely investigating and reviewing the flydubai turning back order and seems that their aviation wasn’t aware the fact that the two countries UAE and Somaliland has close diplomatic ties and the Somali federal government does not have any authority on Somaliland airspace.

    To those who are in the daylight dreaming and thinking the facts on the ground and Somaliland’s sovereignty case could be hidden from the world, I would say to them ease wake up to the reality. You have been in a delusional for more than 30 years by claiming Somaliland as your own back yard and at the same period have been in anarchy and could not sort out the chaos and terrorism that devastated your country so long. The current Somali government based in Mohgadishu was not able to roll peace and unity in not only one region of Somalia but a district.

  23. There is some misrepresentation here seems unintentional. That is the Ethiopian airline adhered to the calls of Somali Federal government to block Somaliland airspace. Ethiopian Airline did not stop flying to Somaliland and rejected the calls of the SFG. They still today continue flying to Somaliland. For the Fly Dubai and Air Arabia there is a dialogue going on with the Somaliland authorities as they argue that they ignored the orders from Somalia but in fact was the UAE aviation authority who was turned their flight back. UAE is surely investigating and reviewing the flydubai turning back order and seems that their aviation wasn’t aware the fact that the two countries UAE and Somaliland has close diplomatic ties and the Somali federal government does not have any authority on Somaliland airspace.

    To those who are in the daylight dreaming and thinking the facts on the ground and Somaliland’s sovereignty case could be hidden from the world, I would say to them ease wake up to the reality. You have been in a delusional for more than 30 years by claiming Somaliland as your own back yard and at the same period have been in anarchy and could not sort out the chaos and terrorism that devastated your country so long.

  24. There is some misrepresentation here seems unintentional. That is the Ethiopian airline adhered to the calls of Somali Federal government to block Somaliland airspace. Ethiopian Airline did not stop flying to Somaliland and rejected the calls of the SFG. They still today continue flying to Somaliland. For the Fly Dubai and Air Arabia there is a dialogue going on with the Somaliland authorities as they argue that they ignored the orders from Somalia but in fact was the UAE aviation authority who was turned their flight back. UAE is surely investigating and reviewing the flydubai turning back order and seems that their aviation wasn’t aware the fact that the two countries UAE and Somaliland has close diplomatic ties and the Somali federal government does not have any authority on Somaliland airspace.

    To those who are in the daylight dreaming and thinking the facts on the ground and Somaliland’s sovereignty case could be hidden from the world, I would say to them ease wake up to the reality.

  25. There is some misrepresentation here seems unintentional. That is the Ethiopian airline adhered to the calls of Somali Federal government to block Somaliland airspace. Ethiopian Airline did not stop flying to Somaliland and rejected the calls of the SFG. They still today continue flying to Somaliland. For the Fly Dubai and Air Arabia there is a dialogue going on with the Somaliland authorities as they argue that they ignored the orders from Somalia but in fact was the UAE aviation authority who was turned their flight back. UAE is surely investigating and reviewing the flydubai turning back order and seems that their aviation wasn’t aware the fact that the two countries UAE and Somaliland has close diplomatic ties and the Somali federal government does not have any authority on Somaliland airspace.

    To those who are in the daylight dreaming and thinking the facts on the ground and Somaliland’s sovereignty case could be hidden from the world,

  26. I would say to them ease wake up to the reality. You have been in a delusional for more than 30 years by claiming Somaliland as your own back yard and at the same period have been in anarchy and could not sort out the chaos and terrorism that devastated your country so long. The current Somali government based in Mohgadishu was not able to roll peace and unity in not only one region of Somalia but a district. They cant even control not more than 2 km street in the capital of Somalia. These are the people dreaming to block the Somaliland airspace.

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