The Berbera International Airport has officially opened its gates on November 20th. First built in the 1970s by the Soviet Union, the airport was in dire need of renovation and new equipment.
While the airport got a new terminal in 2015, its redevelopment and modernization really started in 2020 when the Berbera International Airport Company (BIAC) took over the facility.
The renovation works were carried out by Dubai-based company Transport Infrastructure Services Limited (TISL).
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had previously announced its plans to restore the Berbera Airport in 2019 after a six-day visit by Somaliland president Musa Bihi to the United Arab Emirates.
Ethiopian Airlines will start scheduled flights at Berbera International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as of December 2nd this year.
The UAE remain Somaliland’s biggest investment partner and are also invested in the development of the Berbera Port to turn the city into a gateway to Somaliland. Last month, DP World partnered with the UK’s CDC Group to support the modernisation and expansion of ports and inland logistics across Africa, starting in the ports of Dakar (Senegal), Sokhna (Egypt) and Berbera (Somaliland).