BREAKING NEWS: Ethiopian Airlines sends buses for stranded passengers in Somaliland
Stranded passengers have been loaded on to buses in Hargeisa en route to Ethiopia's Jijiga town after Ethiopian Airlines suspended its flights to Hargeisa citing security and poor infrastructure.
Some of the 450 stranded passengers have began leaving Somaliland on Thursday morning by land and are expected to reach Jijiga where an Ethiopian aircraft is waiting for them. The journey is expected to take about three hours.
The rest of the passengers are expected to leave in a weeks time. This is the 10th day they have been stranded in Hargeisa. It is not clear if Ethiopian has terminated its services in the region all together due to the rift between her and Hargeisa.
Not a single airline is landing in Egal International airport despite purported upgrade by the administration.
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1) Ethiopia freezes flights to Somaliland as relations hit a new 'all-time low'
2) Ethiopian suspends flights to Somaliland region