Yemeni traditional folklore dancers greet the Etihad Airways delegation upon arrival at Sana’a International Airport. Cutting the cake (from left to right): Saleh Al Hammadi, Etihad Airways’ Airport Operations; Yahya Al Rawbdi, Etihad Airways GM in Yemen; Hamed Farag, Yemeni Civil Aviation Authority; H.E. Waaed Ba Theeb, Yemeni Minister of Transport; Khaled Al Mehairibi, Etihad Airways SVP of Aeropolitical and Governmental Affairs; H.E. Dr. Qassim Sallam, Yemeni Minister of Tourism; Mansour Al Ameri, UAE Red Crescent representative; H.E Ahmed Al Elwani, Chairman of Yemenia Airline, and; Hasan Al Hammadi, Etihad Airways’ SVP of Executive Affairs.
- Etihad Airways commenced operations to Yemen on 1 September, linking Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Sana’a (SAH), the capital and largest city in the Middle Eastern country. The MEB3 carrier will fly the 1,473-kilometre city pair four times weekly on one of its 136-seat A320s. In terms of competition, Yemenia Yemen Airways operates thrice-weekly from Sana’a to Abu Dhabi direct, but each of the inbound flights operate via a separate intermediary point — namely Aden, Seiyun and Riyan. Sana’a becomes non-stop destination #75 for Etihad, according to anna.aero’s recent analysis, and the last of the MEB3 to serve this point in Yemen. Emirates connects its Dubai hub on a daily basis to Sana’a (with widebody A330s), while Qatar Airways flies five times weekly from Doha, using A320-series aircraft.