Socotra Airport

Opened in 1999, it is the only commercial airport that serves the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea and its capital town of Hadibu.

Socotra Island, Yemen

Coordinates: 12.629115, 53.906993

Nearby Places

Opened in 1999, this most remote Yemeni airport has a weekly flight connecting the Island with the mainland airport in Seiyun, where an aircraft makes a technical stop.

The airport is located on the paved road that connects Hadibo on the northern coast with the main tourist attraction on the extreme west of the Island, Qalansiyah beach. It takes about two hours to get from the airport to Qalansiyah.

There is no scheduled transportation service between the airport and Hadibo. Still, it can be reached within a quarter of an hour by vehicle. Regular fees vary between 30 and 50 Yemeni rials.

Flights were suspended in March 2015, due to Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, and resumed in late 2018.

In April 2018, troops from the United Arab Emirates dismissed the Yemeni officials and took administrative control of the airport.[3] In May of the same year, an agreement was reached between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, where the airport’s control returned to the Yemeni officials.

How to get to Socotra Island

There are two ways to get to the Island, either book a flight from Sana’a – Yemen or fly to Socotra through the Arab Emirates (UAE).


Image Sources

By Gerry & Bonni – Socotra airport window, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Socotra airport lobby, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Airport tower, CC BY 2.0,

By Gerry & Bonni – Mukulla Riyan airport, CC BY 2.0,