South Sudan has reopened its air space for regional and international flights, the country's civil aviation authority has said.

The government suspended them in March as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Kur Kuol, the director-general of Juba International Airport, told reporters on Wednesday that Ethiopian Airlines had been the first non-domestic carrier to land the airport in the capital. The airline is now operating daily flights from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital.

Badr Airlines, a Sudanese cargo and passenger airline, has also resumed flights, as well as Egypt Air.

United Arab Emirates airline FlyDubai will resume regular flights to Juba on Friday.

All those arriving will have to isolate themselves for 14 days and observe health regulations as required.

“Our air space is now open, we have no restrictions on the airlines. But whoever is coming into the country from outside, whether he or she is a foreigner or a South Sudanese national, must provide a health certificate and must self-quarantine for 14 days before engaging with the public while in the country,” Mr Kuol said.

Source: BBC

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