The first commercial flight in almost six years left Sana’a Airport in Yemen on Monday May 16, bound for Amman.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, has welcomed the successful operation of the first commercial flight from Sana’a airport in almost six years, as part of implementing a truce agreement. The flight took off at 09:05am heading for Amman, Jordan, carrying 130 Yemeni passengers. Grundberg expressed his gratitude to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its support, and for the constructive cooperation by the Government of Yemen in facilitating the flight.

“I would like to congratulate all Yemenis on this important and long-awaited step. I hope this provides some relief to the Yemenis who need to seek medical treatment abroad, pursue education and business opportunities, or reunite with loved ones,” Grundberg said. “This should be a moment of coming together to do more, to start repairing what the war has broken, and to follow through on all the truce commitments to build trust and move towards resuming a political process to sustainably end the conflict.”