Sana'a International Airport

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El Rahaba Airport
(Sana'a International)

مطار صنعاء الدولي
Yemenia Ilyushin Il-76 KvW.jpg
Three Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft of Yemenia parked at Sana'a International Airport, 2005.
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Government of Yemen
Operator Government of Yemen
Serves Sana'a
Location Sana'a
Hub for Yemenia,
Felix Airways (Al-Saeeda Airlines)
Elevation AMSL 7,216 ft / 2,199 m
Coordinates 15°28′35″N 044°13′11″E / 15.47639°N 44.21972°E / 15.47639; 44.21972Coordinates: 15°28′35″N 044°13′11″E / 15.47639°N 44.21972°E / 15.47639; 44.21972
SAH is located in Yemen
Location within Yemen
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 10,669 3,252 Asphalt (Damaged & Closed)

Sana'a International Airport (Sana'a International) (IATA: SAHICAO: OYSN), or El Rahaba Airport, is an international airport located in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. The runway is shared with a large military base with several fighter jets and transport aircraft of the Yemeni Air Force.

Impact of the 2015 military intervention[edit]

Due to the 2015 military intervention in Yemen, a no-fly zone has been imposed over the entire country, as of 28 March 2015, so civilian flights have ceased operation.[1][2] The only flights operating from then on were flights by foreign countries to evacuate their nationals.[3]

On 29 April 2015, the airport was the target of severe bombardment from the Saudi Arabian air force. The only runway and the passenger terminal building have been severely damaged and are unusable for the forseeable future.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cairo (suspended)
Felix Airways Abha, Aden, Al Ghaydah, Dammam, Djibouti, Hargeisa, Hodeidah, Jeddah, Mogadishu-Adde, Riyan Mukalla, Seiyun, Sharjah, Socotra, Ta'izz (all routes suspended)
Qatar Airways Doha (suspended)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk (suspended)
Yemenia Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Aden, Amman-Queen Alia, Asmara, Beirut, Cairo, Djibouti, Doha, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Hodeidah, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Moroni-Hahaya, Mumbai, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Riyan, Rome-Fiumicino,[5] Sayun, Ta'izz (all routes suspended)[6]


Airlines Destinations
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha (suspended)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On October 30, 2011, a shelling attack by opposition tribesmen on the neighboring Air Force base damaged the airport's runway, forcing incoming flights to be diverted to Aden. There were no reports of casualties, although an ammunition storage and two fighter jets were destroyed.[7]
  • In July 15, 2012, An Airbus A310-300 Yemenia registered (7O-ADR) was in the hangar. While some people went to pray, the aircraft was burning. The front part was totally burnt.
  • On November 21, 2012, A Russian made Antonov 26 crashed in the abandoned Al-Hasaba Marketplace. Pilots saw that there was an engine which caught fire. The aircraft was operated by the Yemeni Air Force.
  • On February 19, 2013, A Yemeni Air Force fighter plane, Sukhoi Su-17 crashed on to a building shortly after taking of from Sana'a International Airport close to a busy road. The crash location was behind a local hospital. 18 people died and 16 were injured. Yemeni airforce is now worried after two plane crashes.


External links[edit]

Media related to Sana'a International Airport at Wikimedia Commons