Bosaso International Airport was officially opened recently after being modernised to international standards, paving the way for increased trade and investment in Somalia and in the horn of Africa. The construction works which took a year and done by China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), included renovation of runway, improvements for parking areas for both passenger and cargo planes, parking for cars.
Located in North-eastern Somalia on the Gulf of Aden coast, Bosaso is the third largest city in the country and it is the economic heart of autonomous state of Puntland with a major seaport. Officials were upbeat that the refurbished Airport will revolutionalize passenger and cargo transportation in the country and the wider Horn of Africa.
Bosaso, unlike other cities, has an added advantage. It is connected to UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen through the Red Sea. The symbolic gesture of just hosting an international airport aside, the opportunities created by this development has the potential of transforming the whole of the Northern route economically, socially and by inference — politically.
In essence, it will now take a shorter time to trade in goods and services to and from the port city and the wider Northern and Central Somalia region, the Horn of Africa Community and the world.
By reducing the time to conduct business, profitability of investments is likely to increase while new business ventures are likely to sprout. The business community in Bosaso is buoyant that the upgraded airport will open up the region and bring in more investment opportunities.
The Port of Bosaso does not only serve its residents but also the main gateway for the other regions. Goods that are imported are transported to countries such as Ethiopia.