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Juba Airport functioning despite Sudan conflict – says Kur Kuol

Author: Obaj Okuj | Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Juba International Airport - File photo.

The Director of Juba International Airport said there is no disruption to South Sudan’s lower airspace despite the conflict in Sudan.

Kur Kuol told Eye Radio that flights to and from South Sudan are uninterrupted, except from the Sudan.

He says Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda Airlines are using the normal their fight routes while some airlines such as Egyptian, Fly Dubai, and Turkish Airlines have created new routes directly to South Sudan.

“We don’t have any problem at all, since that fighting erupted in Khartoum. Our airspace is clear there’s no problem with that our international and domestic flights are operating normally,” he said.

“Sudan is controlling the upper airspace of South Sudan but there’s no problem because the international flights created a new route. They left the route that was passing through Sudan as I can mention to you Turkish Airlines was passing through the routing of Sudan and they have come today, they created a new route where they can come to South Sudan.”

Sudan still controls South Sudan’s upper airspace 12 years after its independence.

But, the fighting which began on Saturday in Khartoum forced flights to cancel and airborne planes returned to the airport.

A video footage shared online also shows armed men entering the Khartoum Airport and a Saudi airline later caught fire after a gun battle.


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