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Yemen Aviation 

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Yemen Airports

Key airport information may also be found at: World Aero Data information on Yemen

The air transport sector of the Republic of Yemen is relatively small. With the size of the country (528,000 km2) and its population of 23 million, it has 18 airports, of which 12 with runways of at least 2,500 meters (for comparison, Morocco, with about 1.4 times the population of Yemen, has 44 airports of which 13 with runways of at least 2,500 meters).

There are 13 fully operational airports in Yemen, five of which are international (Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Al Rayan in Mukala and Hodieda) and 8 local (Sayun, Attaq, Al Ghaidha, Mareb, Al Buqa’a, Al Biedha, Sa’ada and Soctra). The state has allocated resources to modernize airports and provide navigation equipment ensuring air transport safety including ongoing rehabilitation works on the Aden International Airport. Twenty-three international airline companies fly regularly over Yemen’s air space. Yemen has signed bilateral air transport agreements with 41 countries.

Air Carriers
Traditionally the national carrier, Yemenia Airlines was the only operating carrier within the county, currently Yemeina Airlines is undergoing a restructuring process where various departments are being segregated and established as associated private entities responsible for their individual services.

Such subsidiaries include:

  • Yemenia Ground Handling Company - Ground handling services
  • Yemenia Cargo Handling Company - Cargo Handling Services
  • Yemenia Joint Venture - Air Charter Services
  • Felix Air - Domestic flights
  • Yemenia Airways

Yemenia - Yemen Airways is the national airline of Yemen, which has established an international network serving over 23 destinations. Until recently, it was also the only domestic air service provider. However, a new domestic carrier called Felix Airways started operations on 26 October 2008, taking over Yemenia’s domestic network. While the carrier is focusing at becoming a successful intercontinental sixth freedom carrier, its most profitable current market is within the Gulf region. Nevertheless, it has embarked on a substantial fleet renewal program, which includes modern Airbus A350 aircraft, to meet the expected demand.

4.1 Yemen Government Contact List

4.5 Yemen Airport Company Contact List

For further information on Aviation contacts and civil aviation regulations, please select the following document:

Yemen Aviation Additional Information

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

Conditions for the issuing of a flight permit

For the issuance of Yemeni permits for flights of a commercial nature, transfer of business, ambulance flights and landings; the technical requirements are as follows:

Requests should include the following data:

  • The name of the owner or investor plane
  • Aircraft type and MTOW
  • Registration code
  • LT No.
  • Route
  • Date & Time of Arr. (out Bound-Inbound )
  • Date & Time of Dep. (out Bound-Inbound )
  • Purpose of Flight

Receiving party

  • That requests will be submitted 72 hours before operations - in normal situations, and 24-hours prior to operating an emergency or urgent flight.
  • Military aircraft or V.I.P requirements require processing through official diplomatic channels at least a week prior to operations or three days for emergency or urgent flights.

Observations

  • The payments of fees for landings are required in cash prior to the planes departure.
  • Permits Section operates on a 24-hour basis.
  • Israeli companies and planes with Israeli ownership are not granted licenses

Conditions for the issuing of a permit over flight
The issuance of over flight permits of the Republic of Yemen requires an official request as follows;

Requests should include the following data:

  • The name of the owner or investor plane
  • Aircraft type and MTOW
  • Registration code
  • FLT No.
  • Route
  • Date & Time of Arr. (out Bound-Inbound )
  • Date & Time of Dep. (out Bound-Inbound )
  • Purpose of Flight
  • Receiving party
  • Requests are to be submitted 72 hours prior to operations in normal situations and 24 hours prior to operations in emergency or urgent circumstances
  • Military aircraft or V.I.P requirements require processing through official diplomatic channels at least a week prior to operations or three days for emergency or urgent flights.

Prepositioning for Continued Operations

  • Applications for registration of foreign aircraft for ongoing operations within Yemen need to be made in witting to the CAMA in Sana'a. Submission of all the necessary documents in proper order; AOC, CofA, CoR, Insurance certification etc.
  • The request to be channeled through MOFA.
  • Approvals from the Ministry of Defense and National Security would also be required and may prove to be a lengthy process.
  • There are currently No foreign aircraft or private carriers operating in Yemen.Main Airport