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Yemenia is the national airline of Yemen and is based in Sana'a. Yemenia operates scheduled domestic and international flights to destinations in Africa and the Middle East from its hub at Sana'a International Airport. In March 2015, Yemenia was forced to suspend all operations until further notice due to a military disruption at Sana's International Airport. The airline then relocated its base of operations to Aden International Airport where it still currently operates the majority of its services. In February 2016, Yemenia was given permission to return to Sana's International Airport, however, due to the conflict commercial services from Sana'a only were permitted from May 2022.

Yemenia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation. The airline's fleet consists of a mix of Airbus aircraft which it uses to operate scheduled services to over 13 destinations. Yemenia flies to many destinations across northern Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, the airline previously operated an extended route network to Europe, Asia and wider Africa but has since suspended these. The network was enlarged by codeshare flights operated by Felix Airways.

Baggage Policy

Yemenia operate different baggage policies depending on the class that you're flying in, always check before you fly.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage on Yemenia flights. This baggage must be able to fit in the overhead lockers above your seat.

Checked Baggage

Passengers flying in Economy Class on Yemenia flights are entitled to one item of checked baggage that must not exceed the weight of 23kg. Passengers flying in Business Class on Yemenia flights are entitled to two items of checked baggage. Each piece of baggage must weigh no more than 32kg per piece.

Cabin Classes

There are 2 official cabin classes onboard Yemenia flights - Economy and Business. Facilities and seats vary depending on the class.

Economy Class

Yemenia offers an economy class product on both the airline's long-haul and short-haul aircraft. A standard cloth upholstered seat has been installed in the economy class. All passengers will receive complimentary drinks, snacks and luggage on all services. There is no inflight entertainment available on the airline's A320 aircraft but there is some level of this on the A330.

Business Class

The airline offers a business class product on both of the aircraft types. Business travellers can enjoy a larger seat for added comfort as well as complimentary drinks, snacks and luggage. Similar to the economy cabin, inflight entertainment is not available on the airline's short-haul fleet but some aspect of this has been installed on the A330.


Yemenia only allow airport check-in as there is currently no app or online check-in service.

Online Check-in

Yemenia doesn't currently offer any online check-in facilities.

Airport Check-in

As there are no online check-in facilities available all passengers must check-in at the airport with plenty of time from the departure time. Usually, you will need to arrive at the airport around 3 hours before your flight is due to depart.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Yemenia's Frequent Flyer Club is called 'Yemenia Sama Club'.

Yemenia Sama Club

Yemenia offers a frequent flyer program for you to subscribe to, this is called 'Yemenia Sama Club'. The program has 3 tiers, bronze, silver and gold. To qualify for the bronze tier you must travel either 20 sectors or accrue 25,000 miles (whichever comes first). The airline allows you to be rewarded and redeem your miles on partner airlines, car hire or hotel partners and offers a range of additional benefits. The airline states that miles have a validity of 2 years and the value of miles accrued will depend on route and fare class.

Airline Alliance

Yemenia isn't part of any airline alliance. However, the airline has a codeshare agreement with Yemeni regional airline Felix Airways and is also a constituent member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation.

In-Flight Entertainment

Yemenia hasn't installed any inflight entertainment including Wifi facilities on their A320 aircraft. Onboard the airline A330 personal inflight entertainment screens aren't available and Wifi facilities haven't been installed. However, there are overhead screens available to watch. The airline may offer inflight reading material such as newspapers or a magazine. We always recommend bringing your own entertainment to keep you occupied for the duration of the flight.

Food & Drink

A complimentary food and beverages service is offered to all passengers throughout the flight, however, the level of this may depend on the travel class and length of the flight. On shorter flights, only drinks and snacks may be offered and on a longer service, a hot meal service may be provided.

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Destinations that Yemenia flies to

As of May 2022 Yemenia operates to 13 destinations across 8 countries. The airline previously operated a larger route network to destinations including London, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Amsterdam and more.

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Hub Airport

Aden International Airport (ADE)

Yemenia was previously based at Sana'a International Airport, however, due to ongoing conflict in the country, the airline relocated to Aden International Airport. Aden International Airport is the hub airport for Yemenia but is also served by Air Djibouti, Queen Bilqis Airlines and Felix Airways. Destinations served from Aden include Addis Ababa, Amman, Cairo, Djibouti, Jeddah, Khartoum, Riyadh, and Seiyun.


Yemenia currently operates an all-Airbus fleet, with a mix of both short-haul and long haul aircraft. The airline recently also operated the Airbus A310 but retired this in 2020. Yemenia has plans to modernise and expand its fleet and has placed an order with Airbus for new A350 and A320neo aircraft.

✈ Airbus A320-200 (x3)

✈ Airbus A330-200 (x1)

The airline also has orders for the following aircraft:

✈ Airbus A320neo (x8)

✈ Airbus A350-900 (x10)

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