A Big part of the aviation component in Mogadishu under AMISOM is drawn from Uganda Air forces. They closely work with UNSOA and Somalia Civil Aviation and Metrological Authority to ensure quality service delivery and promotion of international standards in Somali Airspace and Airports.
At the time of UGABAG I (Uganda battle group 1) there aviation industry in Somalia was mostly related to aircraft delivering khat (‘mairungi’).
Since the inception of fight against the Al shabaab, aviation component has been significant in supporting the mission in various aspects Airports in Somalia.
Currently Uganda’s Aviation component operates in the following places in Somalia;
- Manning Mogadishu international air port.
- Manning Baidoa airport.
- Manning Balidoogle airbase
- Manning Beletywene air port.
The following activities are conducted by Ugandan aviation component in Somalia;
- Air traffic control.
- Aviation security including manning of the International Airport. All access points to the airport are manned by aviation security staffs.
The presence of AMISOM that has been for long dominated by Uganda has seen improvement of not only the internal flights but also increased number of International Flights especially to and out of Mogadishu International Airport with over fifty flights in a day and operation time extended to dusk from the 0900hrs to 1200hrs a few years ago.