Big Support For Somalia

Turkish Airlines inaugurated flights to the Somali capital Mogadishu in March. Present on that first flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the Somali capital were Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil, Ph.D., and TİKA President Serdar Çam. Welcoming them at Mogadishu Airport, the Somali President Sheikh Sherif Ahmed expressed his pleasure at the opening ceremony, saying, “On behalf of the Somali people I sincerely thank the Turkish government and the people of Turkey.”

Bekir Bozdağ for his part said that Mogadishu Airport, which is as yet physically unsuitable for international flights, was being made ready under the leadership of TİKA (the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) with Turkish Airlines’ support, adding that this would be an important step towards a better today and tomorrow for Somalia. At the opening ceremony, Somali President Sheikh Sherif Ahmed and Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ cut the ribbon at the entrance to the airport.