Commercial Flights From Khartoum Allowed In Juba
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Captain David Martin Hassan sent a press release on Monday announcing that South Sudan airspace is open to commercial airlines including flights from Khartoum International Airport.
Juba International Airport [File Photo]
By Juma John Stephen
JUBA, 9th May 2012 [Gurtong]
“The Minister of Transport announces to those concerned that Juba International Airport is open to all commercial flights even from Khartoum International, provided that the International aviation practices and regulations are met,” Martin said.
The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Transport told Gurtong that, “the notification is so short but legally it doesn’t mean that tomorrow (Tuesday) flights will start coming to Juba, no!”
According to Captain Martin, “the airlines will have to apply to the South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry will direct them to the Ministry of Transport to sign agreements according to the International Practices and Regulations for them to operate in South Sudan; that is the norm.”
On the 9th of April 2012, South Sudan and Sudan stopped flights between them until they agree on international air operations. Captain Martin didn’t clarify whether they have reached the international air operation agreements.