Nairobi (HAN) May 10.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. Aviation Security. Here’s what’s on the agenda for today: Flight Information Services for Somalia.
Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya Gamal Mohamed Hassan delivered the Somalia’s air space control equipment which has been under the UN control for the past two decades. The delivery of the equipment, Gamal said was a milestone for Somalia as it prepares to fully control its own airspace which has to date been under the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO in Nairobi since the collapse of the central government in 1991.
“This consignment is a turning point for Somalia’s airspace. We can now control our own airspace which ICAO has had mandate over for the last two decades” said Gamal. The ambassador had told ICAO in February that Somalia was now ready to control its airspace.
It was after the collapse of the central government in 1991 that the United Nations Development Program and the International Civil Aviation Organization established the Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia (CACAS).
CACAS later changed name its name to Flight Information Services for Somalia (FISS) after its mandate expired in 2012 following the formation of the Federal Government in Somalia. Somalia airspace generates an average of $7 million annually.