First commercial flight from the capital YemenSanaa, which has been suspended for the past six years due to rebel control, had to be postponed indefinitely.
According to the Yemeni airline, Yemenia, this was due to the airline’s failure to obtain permission from the Saudi-led coalition.
Reported by AFP, Sunday (24/4), the Yemeni airline, Yemenia, began operating at Sanaa Airport, Yemen.
Their plane will actually carry passengers who need medical treatment from Sanaa to the Jordanian capital, Amman. This is part of a two-month ceasefire that took effect in early April.
But hours before the flight, the airline said on its Facebook page that it “has not received an operating permit.”
They also expressed “deep regret to the travelers for not being allowed to operate the long-awaited flight”.
The airline added that it hoped “all problems will be resolved in the near future”. They have not received further information regarding the operating date of the route.
One of the passengers told AFP he had received a call from airline Yemenia asking him not to go to the airport.
A Yemenia manager also told AFP that “permission from the coalition did not come.”
Meanwhile, the military coalition that controls Yemen’s airspace has yet to react to this incident.
As is known, Sanaa Airport has stopped operating for six years due to being taken over by Huthi rebels.
The airport has been closed to commercial traffic since August 2016 when air strikes raged across the country.
Despite this, flights carrying aid continue to land in Sanaa at regular intervals.
The humanitarian group CARE and the Norwegian Refugee Council said the halt to commercial flights prevented “thousands of Yemeni civilians from becoming sick and seeking medical care abroad.”
Not only that, they also recorded economic losses estimated at billions due to the closure.
Meanwhile, daily flights from Yemen’s government-controlled Aden (south) and Seiyun (center) still serve domestic routes and connect Yemen to other countries in the region.