The report said that Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, recommenced flights on Monday with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland.
The airline is reported to be backed by British company Cardiff Aviation, whose chairman is Dickinson, the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and a Boeing 757 and 737 pilot and instructor.
Djibouti, a model of stability in an otherwise volatile region, lies on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a gateway to the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.
The tiny country, which provides a vital port for landlocked neighbour Ethiopia, is also host to several foreign military bases, including those of the US, France and Japan. Now it has plans to become a regional hub for air cargo transport, to forward sea cargo arriving in its port.