Kenya Airways is to postpone the start of services between Nairobi and Mogadishu until December after encountering problems obtaining the "necessary approvals" to begin flights.

The African carrier had previously planned to begin flights to the Somali capital on 15 November but has postponed this to 5 December.

The SkyTeam airline blames the delay on airline and operational requirements that are "beyond our control". It says it is talking to the relevant authorities to finalise this process.

FlightGlobal schedules data shows that African Express Airways, Astral, Fly-SAX, Freedom Airline Express and Jubba Airways are already operating scheduled services between the two cities.