After years of talking about going to Socotra and finally pulling the trigger, it has now all come to an abrupt end.
A couple of days ago Kelsey found a single news article buried under mountains of other Yemen news that declared Felix Airways had completely ceased operations this week. Felix is (was) our ticket from the UAE to the island of Socotra. We held out hope as it was only one article and we could not find anything else published to support it.
We exchanged emails with Abduljameel yesterday who sadly, was able to confirm. This leaves only one other option for getting to the island which is with Yemeni Airways. From Dubai they fly through Sana'a (capital of Yemen) and we would be forced to spend the night there based on flight schedules. Not feeling comfortable with this layover, we've had to make the decision to not go to Socotra.
This is a devastating development for those on the island that rely on tourism and one can't help but feel badly for the difficult position they are in.
Our flights to Dubai are not refundable so we are in the process of making last-minute plans to do something else in the area. Currently, we are honing in on a plan to rent a landcruiser (or the like) and do some camping/road-tripping around Oman.
More to come.....