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Turkish airline launches landmark Mogadishu flight

MOGADISHU (AP) ― Turkish Airlines says it has started flying into Somalia’s war-torn capital, becoming the first international company to fly passenger planes into Mogadishu in more than 20 years. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced the development Tuesday after arriving in Mogadishu with the Turkish national flag carrier flight from Turkey’s Ataturk airport. He said Somalis can now travel the world again. The Turkish Airlines flights are scheduled to fly to Mogadishu twice a week. Civil war and insurgency have forced international airlines to shy away from flying into the Horn of Africa nation. Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991.
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