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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Djibouti relaunches its national airline


(Medeshi)- CAPE TOWN - Djibouti, the tiny horn of Africa nation, has relaunched its national airline with the help of a company managed by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, the website Business Insider reported on Wednesday.


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.

- ANA