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This project is responsible for all air traffic control through Somalia's airspace.

Services provided include regulation of all UN flights, charter and private planes, as well as commercial aircraft.

New firefighting trucks have improved safety at some airfields in Somalia.

The completed renovation of Hargeisa's aerodrome has improved operations and expanded facilities.

Civil Aviation

Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia

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The Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia (CACAS) was formed in 1996 to ensure the safety of air transport operations, in the absence of a recognised central government. It is a joint effort of UNDP and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.  CACAS operates from a facility in Nairobi, Kenya, with a staff of 133 at headquarters and field stations in Somalia.  With roads in poor repair and often unsafe, airports are essential gateways for the traffic of humanitarian and commercial goods to and within Somalia.


  • To provide the safe operation and maintenance of essential facilities, equipment and services for all air transport operations in Somalia

  • To assist in the rehabilitation and development of aviation infrastructure in Somalia.


The Mogadishu Flight Information Centre in Nairobi runs a 24-hour service providing information and flight co-ordination services to international and local aircraft flying through Somali airspace, and into and out of airports in Somalia

  • Field stations at Bossasso, Kalabayed, Boroma, Hargeisa, Berbera and Belet Weyne airports in Somalia provide aerodrome flight information and rescue services

  • An on-the-job training programme improves the skills of staff in air traffic control and airport management

  • Rehabilitation work is undertaken at designated airports, including construction of control towers, runway repairs, and installation of communications equipment

  • Technical assistance is provided to local administrations for rehabilitation of aviation infrastructure and development of operational procedures


  • The continuing provision of efficient aviation services in the humanitarian and commercial sectors with an excellent safety record

  • The rehabilitation of six airports in Somalia (Hargeisa, Boroma, Kalabeyed, Berbera, Bossasso, and Belet Weyne)

  • Training courses, seminars and workshops in aviation skills for more than 430 Somali participants

  • Improvement of local civil aviation administration systems through capacity building assistance to local authorities


The reduction of air traffic in Somali skies resulting from both the regional war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the international security situation, has led to a dramatic decrease in revenue for CACAS.  It is funded primarily through service charges to air operators transiting Somali airspace and landing at Somali airports.  Some services have therefore been curtailed, and plans to develop services at additional airports are on hold.  Yet the rehabilitation of the air transport infrastructure is crucial for the safe conduct of humanitarian activities and the overall development of Somalia.

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