Riyan International Airport

Riyan International Airport (also known as Riyan Mukalla International Airport) is an airport in Mukalla, Yemen. It is not to be confused with the former RAF Riyan, which is located closer to Mukalla.

Riyan Mukalla International Airport

مطار ريان المكلا الدولي
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Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesMukalla
LocationMukalla, Yemen
Elevation AMSL16 m / 54 ft
Coordinates14°39′45″N 049°22′30″E / 14.66250°N 49.37500°E / 14.66250; 49.37500
Map
RIY is located in Yemen
RIY
RIY
Location of airport in Yemen
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,001 9,846 Asphalt

HistoryEdit

The original airport was built around the 1930s.[1]

Flights were suspended in March 2015 as a result of the Yemeni civil war which led Al Qaeda militants to take advantage of the turmoil and control Mukalla. A no-fly zone over Yemen was imposed by the Saudi led intervention due to the military conflict.[2] Mukalla was later liberated from Al Qaeda, but the airport remained closed until the Emirates Red Crescent funded the building of new terminals and renovated the old airport at a cost of AED 25 million. On November 27, 2019, the airport was reopened with the support of the Emirates Red Crescent. The Governor of Hadramawt province, Maj Gen Faraj Al Bahsani, said he was optimistic that the return of flights would bring economic benefits.[3][4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Felix AirwaysSana'a, Sharjah, Socotra[5] (all suspended)
Yemenia Sharkah, Jeddah, Kuwait, Sana'a, Socotra (all suspended)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A15v_2Q5edo
  2. ^ Ghattas, Abir. "Yemen's No Fly Zone: Thousands of Yemenis are Stranded Abroad". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-mukalla-airport-reopens-after-al-qaeda-driven-out-1.943618
  4. ^ http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/26/c_138585125.htm
  5. ^ Felix air destinations, 2014, http://www.felixairways.com/destination.php

Coordinates: 14°39′45″N 49°22′30″E / 14.66250°N 49.37500°E / 14.66250; 49.37500