Employees of Yemen’s national carrier, Yemenia Airways, ended a two-day strike last Thursday after the country’s new Minister of Transport suspended the company’s chairman over accusations of corruption.
The strikers have called for the dismissal of the long serving chairman who is held the same position for the past 14 years. The pilots union syndicate is expected to hold their annual meeting early of this week to elect a new syndicate.
The pilots union syndicate welcomed the decision of the transport minister to strip the authority of Cap. Abdel-Khalq al-Qadhi over the airline, calling it “brave.” He is Saleh’s son-in-law.
Thousands of striking workers wanted to see him put on trial over charges he misused the company’s assets and drove it into bankruptcy. The strike stopped all flights in and out of the country’s two main airports in Sana’a and Aden. Yemenia Airways is one of the oldest airlines in the region and has faced many challenges in previous years most notably the loss of one of its aircraft near the Comoros Islands. Yemenia was also suspended from flying to London, Frankfurt and Paris.