STORY: SOMALIA / AIR UGANDA
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DATELINE: JULY 8, 2013 - MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:
1. WIDE SHOT, ADEN ABDULLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
2. MEDIUM SHOT, SIGN READING 'ADEN ADDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'
3. MEDIUM SHOT, AIR UGANDA POSTER BEING HUNG
4. CLOSE UP SHOT, AIR UGANDA POSTER
5. MEDIUM SHOT, OFFICIALS AT THE AIRPORT
6. MEDIUM SHOT, WIND SOCK ON RUNWAY
7. WIDE SHOT, AIR UGANDA PLANE LANDING
8. CLOSE UP SHOT, FACE OF FIREFIGHTER MANNING WATER CANNON
9. MEDIUM SHOT, WATER CANNON
10. WIDE SHOT, AIR UGANDA PLANE TAXIING THROUGH WATER BEING SPRAYED BY FIREFIGHTERS
11. MEDUM SHOT, AIRCRAFT PASSING THROUGH WATER
12. CLOSE UP SHOT, AIR UGANDA PLANE
13. WIDE SHOT, JOURNALISTS AND OFFICIALS RECEIVING PLANE
14. MEDIUM SHOT, UGANDAN DEPUTY AMBASSADOR TO SOMALIA, NATHAN MUGISHA DISEMBARKING FROM AIRCRAFT
15. MEDIUM SHOT, DEPUTY AMBASSADOR MUGISHA BEING WELCOMED BY AMISOM UGANDAN CONTINGENT COMMANDER BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL ONDOGA
16. WIDE SHOT, PASSENGERS DISEMBARKING
17. MEDIUM SHOT, DEPUTY AMBASSADOR MUGISHA AND MOGADISHU MAYOR MOHAMED NUR

STORY:
The wheels of an inaugural Air Uganda flight touched down in Somalia at about 8 a.m. local time today (July 8).
The maiden voyage from Kampala to Mogadishu this morning, makes Uganda’s premier airline the latest carrier to invest in Somalia’s economic recovery, with the three weekly flights it has announced.
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) firefighters stationed at the Aden Abdulle International Airport welcomed the jet with the ‘water cannon salute’ they give to all airlines on their maiden voyage to Mogadishu.
Aden Abdulle International Airport, located in the seaside capital, has recording a sharp increase in travellers and air traffic thanks to the relative calm that has returned to the city and other parts of the country over the last two years.
Extremist group al Shabaab were forced out by sustained operations by the Somali National Army (SNA) supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
During Somalia’s conflict years, the only aircrafts that ventured its sky’s were those hired by daring businessmen - protected by local warlords - to bring in khat – a plant grown in neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia that has a stimulating effect when chewed.
Somalia’s Minister of Information recently announced that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had removed the airport from the ‘Zone 5’ list of airports deemed to pose a security risk to aircraft, crew and passengers.
Air Uganda’s managers say they’re targeting Somali travellers, government officials, military personnel and a growing number of entrepreneurs from around the region who are keen on seeking opportunities in the country after two decades of war.
The Deputy Ugandan Ambassador to Somalia, Nathan Mugisha, was onboard the flight.
"After sweating, after shedding blood and then followed by this, it's an illustration that there is peace, and peace is going to be maintained, and this is going to reduce time for Somalis and the Ugandans who want to come here and this will help to cement our relationship further, and will promote communication between the people, business, goods and so life will be greatly improved," he said.
In March last year, international carrier Turkish Airlines began twice weekly flights between the Turkish capital Ankara and Mogadishu.
"This is the second international airline that comes to Mogadishu, the first is Turkish airline, the second African airline is Air Uganda, the others are local airlines. This is a very good day for Mogadishu, it's very good day for the Mogadishu travellers,” said Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Nur shortly after receiving the landmark flight.
Several private airlines based in East Africa, including Kenya-based Afr

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