But the two airlines were coming under increasing external pressure, with carriers like Flydubai launching operations to Daallo and Jubba’s Mogadishu hub. “It was quite clear this was what they had to do,” Watts said. “Their primary market from Dubai to Somalia was getting really diluted by these carriers, so they needed to shift their focus from Dubai to intra-Somalia. Nobody else can do the domestic feed around Somalia and connect it to Dubai like they do, so they needed to work together.”
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