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Sana'a Airport Review

by web-administrator (November, 2015)

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(Guest Review) Anybody that claims an airport is the 'worst in the world' has never been here. There were rat droppings all over the immigration arrival hall. The entire complex smelled like feces. On my return trip (transit), all the squatter toilets had overflowed from the bathroom into the arrival hall. I have been to many airports in the world, but this is the worst.

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by babalyemen (April, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Waiting for for friends or family
Where: Landside
Pros: Absolutely none!
Cons: Personell

I travel back and forth to Yemen. Let me tell you be ready to pay for fines that aren't even part of airport policies. I have never been treated in such a rude and obnoxious way. They would not let me travel unless i paid a 700!!!!!!!! If u are from the US with no family in Yemen DO NOT TRAVEL TO YEMEN.

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Kind people, Poor country

by debbieobad (July, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside and Airside

For everyone complaining about their yemen airport experience you have to remember this is a third world country. The people of Yemen consist mainly of poor hardworking men trying to make a dollar to feed their families. While the airport may not be one of the greatest I have seen the people are kind,courteous,and the airport was clean. Also, Sanaa is in the process of opening a new airport which will be as modern as any other. I believe it is slated to open next year. For everyone complaining about the people and airport feel blessed you were not born in to this kind of poverty and dig alittle deeper in your pockets to tip them and stop complaining.

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Unusual experience for westerners

by cosima (January, 2009)

I stayed many hours many times at Yemeni Airports, also in Aden/Southern Yemen. Since I lived in Yemen and knew the culture and language it was very good there. I was a single woman at that time and it was the savest place in all of the Arabic countries I lived or travelled. Sure I remember the first time I entered Yemen it was a bit frightening to see all the Yemenis with a dagger and a kalaschnikov and sometimes a pistol walking around. In the 90s at least nobody would have stolen your luggage or anything. They were not used to tourists at that time, may be they changed. Because a lot of tourists come unprepared to a country with totally different customs and values and may pay for their ignorance. F. ex if you walk around in a legging and a spagetti shirt in Yemen this is considered shameful, because thats less than underwear in their culture. So do not be surprised. If you keep the code you have extremely pleasant and wonderful experiences. I felt in love with the people and country of Yemen from the first day until today.

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by web-administrator (May, 2007)

Where: Airside

(Contributed by YemenYahoo) - "Dont' believe the crazy stories you hear about Sanaa Airport. I didn't sleep there, so I can't comment on sleeping comfort, but the airport is clean and very convenient due to its small size. And the staff at the airport are absolutely great. The friendliest people you can find in ANY airport in the world. Yes, some staff are in military type uniforms. Is it scary though? Not AT ALL. They are so nice, as helpful as they can be, and you will never feel THREATENED by them. I didn't use teh bathrooms so I don't know if they're clean or not, but the overall airport appears extremely clean. It's not the most high-tech appearing airport, but believe me, you won't find a more convenient airport anywhere. I didn't feel like I had to run 5 miles to catch my flight. Everything is so accessible. The security guards are super nice. Don't worry about missing your flight at this airport. They will hold the flight for you. Where else will they do this nowadays?! Also, I don't think there are screens displaying flight times/departures, etc., but ask any one of the staff, and you'll be in the know. Someone is always there to help you. Yes, the counter airlines staff speak English. Others might not. But then again, how many staff members at LaGuardia know Arabic?! Also, they want tips to help you with your luggage, but don't worry about them stealing your stuff. This is unheard of in Yemen. Overall, the safest country, the nicest people..and the same can be said about the airport."

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