Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why Does a Country With Few Roads Have a Growing Airline Industry?

With impassable roadways and dangerous seas, Jubba Airways and other carriers are expanding flight routes to meet rising demand for travel within Somalia. 

A Somali woman sweeps a red carpet near Turkish and Somali national flags before Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's arrival at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu in August 2011. (Ho New/Reuters).
Pirates command its coast. Traffic along the country's few pockmarked roads is often disrupted by militias and criminals. Of more than 22,000 km of roadway, only 2,608 km are paved.

And though Somalia's war-torn capital city, Mogadishu, has made small security improvements since the terrorist group al Shabaab was forced out about two years ago, anarchy still reigns. One of the organization's operatives managed to slam a bomb-packed vehicle into a peacekeeping convoy there on Friday, reportedly killing eight civilians. Al Shabaab claimed another life earlier last week, when it detonated an explosive in the city's marketplace.
For the rest of the story: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/07/why-does-a-country-with-few-roads-have-a-growing-airline-industry/277760/

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