SANA’A – The Egyptian authorities have prevented the landing of the Yemeni plane at the Cairo airport, allegedly because it does not meet the conditions of the country.
The Yemeni airline sent a letter to the head of the Central Air Transport Authority in the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority on the 18th of November already, asking it to to exempt the aircraft from standard regulations, and requesting approval for its operation on the Yemen-Cairo route and vice versa on 18/11/2018, which was accepted for a limited time.
When the deadline of the approved timeline was reached on February 3, Yemen sent another letter from the asking for extension, emphasizing that they would not request any further extension for a third term.
The Egyptian authorities confirmed that the authority of Cairo airport does not accept planes that do not fit with the laws and regulations in force, and demanded Yemen to meet all the conditions in force.
A source in the Yemeni airlines told Yemen Press Agency that the plane in question, named Socotra, was purchased recently by the authorities of the Saudi-backed regime, under highly suspicious circumstances.
The source confirmed that the officials received bribes running up to millions of riyals, in return for their approval to pass the purchase of the plane despite its poor technical condition, which has led to the plane now being officially employed.