Socotra Airport

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Socotra Airport
مطار سقطرى الدولي
Airport tower (6408250813).jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Serves Socotra
Location Socotra, Yemen
Opened 1999 (1999)
Elevation AMSL 45 m / 146 ft
Coordinates 12°37′50″N 053°54′20″E / 12.63056°N 53.90556°E / 12.63056; 53.90556
SCT is located in Yemen
Location of airport in Yemen
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,300 10,827 Asphalt

Socotra Airport (Arabic: مطار سقطرى الدولي) is an airport in Socotra, Yemen (IATA: SCT, ICAO: OYSQ).[1] It is the only commercial airport that serves the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea and its capital town of Hadibu. It was opened in 1999.[citation needed]


The most remote Yemeni airport has nearly daily flights connecting the island with the mainland airport near Mukalla (Riyan Airport) where all aircraft make a technical stop on their route to the capital city of Sana'a or the southern port city of Aden.

The airport is located on the paved road that connects Hadibo on the northern coast with the main tourist attraction on the extreme west of the island, Qalansiyah beach. It takes about two hours to get from the airport to Qalansiyah.

There is no scheduled transportation service between the airport and Hadibo, but it can be reached within a quarter of an hour by vehicle. Normal fees vary between 30 and 50 Yemeni rials.

Flights were suspended in March 2015, due to Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[2]

In April 2018, troops from the United Arab Emirates dismissed the Yemeni officials and took administrative control of the airport.[3] On May of the same year, an agreement was reached between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen where control of the airport returned to the Yemeni officials.[4][5][6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Yemenia Cairo, Seiyun[7]