The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) contributions, especially the rehabilitation and development of Yemeni airports, constitute a vital arm for the Yemeni economy.
The rehabilitation of airports represents an essential contribution to improving development in Yemen. This is achieved by raising the level and efficiency of airports and the quality of services provided to travelers and companies operating in the field of aviation.
According to a special report obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, SDRPY seeks to rehabilitate and develop airports to activate and build the capacities of Yemeni institutions, and to improve the level of infrastructure and basic services provided to the Yemeni people.
SDRPY projects contribute to achieving sustainable development by facilitating trade, tourism and humanitarian aid, which provides job opportunities and improves the standard of living by supporting social stability.
They also help in reaping economic benefits for Yemen by stimulating economic movement and increasing exports and trade.
Last January, SDRPY launched the first phase of one of its most important projects which is the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Aden International Airport.
The project will develop over three phases.
Phase I focuses on providing electricity, safety measures, and transportation. The external main gates and roads of the complex will be studied and redesigned, and passenger transport buses provided.
Phase II will consist of constructing and connecting vital service systems, such as telecommunications, navigation and air traffic control. Rehabilitation of the runway and taxi areas, gates, and tunnels connecting gates to aircraft will also be undertaken.
Phase III will focus on alignment of airport facilities and operations with ICAO standards in all areas, including safety, electricity supply, interior and exterior infrastructure, air traffic control and navigation.
Al Ghaydah, the capital city of Al Mahrah Governorate
SDRPY succeeded in upgrading and developing Al Ghaydah Airport in Al Mahrah Governorate. The project included equipping the facility with all communications systems, international maritime requirements. It also developed and restored waiting, departure and inspection halls, equipping them with all devices necessary.
The program conducted several tests of the air navigation systems for Al-Ghaydah Airport, in cooperation with internationally accredited companies, which included surveying the airport.
SDRPY equipped Al-Ghaydah Airport with international navigation systems that comply with the specifications of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a body which regulates air traffic.
Last April, SDRPY launched two new projects in Socotra governorate in support of transport and airport sectors, and to complete vital development projects in the governorate.
The first project is to provide public transportation buses to raise the efficiency of the transportation sector services within the island, and to serve the people by facilitating their transportation and improving their daily lives.
The second was launched in support of Socotra Airport, by providing everything necessary for the success of the safety plans inside the facility, by preparing an advanced fire truck operating with the latest technologies, which comply with the recommendations of airport safety and firefighting from the ICAO, in addition to providing an ambulance with all medical and emergency supplies.