The Minister of Transport- Abdulwahab Aldurra and Minister of Public Works and Roads- Ghaleb Mutlaq, met on 6th June 2023 in Sana'a with the Director of the Office of the UN Envoy to Yemen- Roxana Bazarjan.
The meeting, which was attended by the Deputy of the Ministry of Transport for the Air Transport Sector- Abdullah Al-Ansi, the Chairman of the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority- Dr. Muhammad Abdulkader, and the Acting Chairman of Yemeni Airlines- Khalil Jahaf, during which they reviewed issues related to Sana'a International Airport and the projects that have been executed to provide ground and air navigation services in accordance with the international requirements and conditions of the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.
He addressed the procrastination and delay in opening multiple destinations, increasing the number of civil flights to Jordan, and the level of humanitarian operation of Sana'a International Airport.
The meeting also stressed on the need to take urgent measures to open Sana'a International Airport in front of all destinations, as it is a right guaranteed by all the international charters, agreements and human rights.
The Minister of Transport also pointed out that the opening of Sana'a International Airport is a humanitarian demand and a legal right for the Yemeni people.
He pointed out that the Yemeni people suffer from the lack of humanitarian flights to transport patients and passengers stranded in the countries and airports outside Yemen, and they are forced to travel through difficult and unsafe roads that have caused many accidents, interruptions and deaths of travelers and pilgrims.
Minister Al-Durra also stressed that the failure to lift the siege on Sana'a International Airport and open all the destinations is intended to continue the suffering of the Yemeni people to achieve political and negotiating purposes at the expense of humanitarian aspects and human rights issues.
He noted that the three weekly flights through Sana'a and Queen Alia airports are not sufficient because the demand for travel is large, and there is an increase in the demand for travel reservations from inside and outside the country.
The Minister of Transport also stated that there are a large number of stranded abroad, expatriates and patients who want to return via Sana'a International Airport, pointing to the need to open new destinations and increase the flights to meet the increasing demand for patients, humanitarian cases and pilgrims to the Holy House of God.
While the Minister of Public Works and Roads pointed out to the importance of Sana'a International Airport as it provides special humanitarian services to patients, stressing that two-thirds of the Yemeni people prefer to travel through Sana'a International Airport.
He also affirmed the readiness of the Ministry of Works to provide support and continue executing the projects of importance to the airport.
In turn, the director of the UN envoy's office stressed on the need to increase the number of flights to Jordan to meet the increasing demands and humanitarian cases, noting that the three weekly flights to Jordan are not sufficient to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.