The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has completed urgent works over the past two days in coordination with the Yemen government, local authorities and airport management, to repair the damage caused by the explosion at the airport as the Yemeni government arrived in the interim capital, Aden.
The governor of Aden, Ahmed Hamed Lamlas, announced in a press conference on Sunday the reopening of the airport, in the presence of the Yemeni minister of transport, Dr. Abd Al-Salam Saleh Hadi, the representative of the SDRPY in the governorate, Mohammad Al-Yahya, Yemeni officials, and media outlets.
The governor said that Aden airport was the gateway to peace between Aden and Arab and international countries. “Aden is a proud city (that fights) against terrorism and it can only be so,” he said. “We thank those who always stood with us and supported with us in our development and we thank the SDRPY. All (the efforts) were followed up by the prime minister and the local authorities in the governorate.”
The Yemeni minister of transport confirmed that the airport would resume flights on Sunday. He noted the efforts made in the past three days by the SDRPY, referring also to the Aden airport rehabilitation project run by the SDRPY.
The SDRPY representative in Aden said that work would continue around the clock to alleviate the damage caused by the attack and that what remained to be done were works that did not conflict with the airport’s operation. Work was proceeding rapidly despite the challenges, he said.
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