I am booking flights for a holiday in Yemen in a few weeks. Since I am in Prague, a number of options are available, but most have bizarre routings. I am considering departing from a nearby airport and connecting by train as Prague has limited options.
BUD-TLV-AMM-SAH (rt) 25h 40m, including 9 hours in Israel and another 9 in Jordan. TLV?! Are they mad? Shouldn’t the system know to not book TLV on flights to SAH (among many others).
AMS-KRT-SAH (rt) 18h 25m 10 hour stop in Sudan… lovely.
PRG-FRA-RUH-SAH / SAH-DOH-AMM-BEY-AMS-PRG Gee, can I stop anywhere else? How can it come up with this?
ZRH-TUN-CAI-TAI (Taiz, Yemen)-SAH / SAH-CAI-FCO-ZRH Who comes up with this stuff?
I did eventually find PRG-IST-SAH for a good price (on the Turkish Airlines website)… probably the best option, and absolutely better than what travelocity suggests.
Why would travelocity book a flight to the Arabian Peninsula with a connection in Israel?
Surely there are better options than making 4 stops between Sana’a and Prague… very curious how this works (as I am a software developer).
You can see a list of incoming flights for Sana’a on Wikipedia. There aren’t many direct flights from Europe; the only airlines departing from Europe are Lufthansa (from Frankfurt) and Yemenia (Frankfurt, London, Marseilles, Paris, and Rome). If you’re willing to get a train to any of these cities, you can catch a direct flight. Otherwise, you’ll have to fly to one of those cities, or to another city on the aforementioned list. This list of destinations from Prague’s airport may help. I can see several possible connections which aren’t too far out of the way, such as PRG->CAI->SAH, PRG->FCO->SAH, PRG->DXB->SAH, PRG->DAM->SAH, PRG->IST->SAH, PRG->BEY->SAH, and PRG->FRA->SAH. Some of these you can do one leg on a low-cost airline like Smart Wings. If you go through Frankfurt you can make the entire trip with Lufthansa.
I’ll have you know that Ben Gurion international is a perfectly decent airport. I mean, sure, 9 hours is a long time, but there’s free wi-fi and excellent duty-free shopping. Why are you getting so worked up about it?
Exactly - as soon as I tried to enter Yemen with a ticket that was routed through Israel, I’d be on the first flight home. Why it even allows this routing is beyond me. I am sure the airport there in Tel Aviv is nice, but I don’t think the Israelis would like all the Arab stamps in my passport and I am quite sure the Yemenis would not appreciate an Israeli stop-over.
I know they will stamp a separate paper, but I think it would be awkward checking in at Sana’a if my ticket showed I was passing through TLV. I also do not want to put myself through explaining Syrian, Lebanese, Yemeni, Iranian and all the Gulf Countries’ stamps in my passport. I am pretty sure it’d be more than “Welcome to Israel, have a nice stay.”
I feel the same way about my visits to the US, tho since I am a citizen I have family reasons to visit there.