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European Turkish Airline with regular service to Mogadishu, Somalia. First major airline in 20 years.

Welcomed Act of Bravery: Turkey`s PM has said he wants to challenge the idea that Mogadishu is a no-go area. Photo Credit AFP

An European company, also being the first major commercial airline in more than 20 years has landed at Mogadishu airport in war-torn Somalia.

Turkish Airlines says it is the start of a regular service to the Somali capital, the first by an international carrier from outside East Africa.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bosdag was on board the flight, which was welcomed by the Somali president.

The twice-weekly flights should make travel easier for European and Somali businessmen and members of the large diaspora.

Somalia has not had a functioning central government for more than two decades and has been riven by factional fighting.

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