Yemenia airlines is increasingly coming under fire especially from relatives of the victims left at the other end of the tragic journey. Back in Paris and Marseille everyone interviewed said they had been unhappy with the service in the past after changing planes in Saana.
“I have lost my aunt, her son and her three grandchildren, but in any case as anyone will tell you, it was an accident waiting to happen. What happens is the Yemenis send a top-notch plane to Paris, but when you get to Yemen, you change planes, and …” said one young man.
“For the Paris-Saana leg of the flight everything’s fine: I’ve flown with other companies, and they’re the same. But from Saana to Moroni, you can’t imagine. You don’t even get reserved seats, and everyone clambers on just like it’s a bush taxi,” was another man’s reaction.
In Marseille it is the same story, except it is laced with considerably more anger.
“Today we’re demanding France looks into this, because everyone well knows we have been complaining about this airline since last summer, this dustbin company,” said one member of a victim’s family.
The European Commission says the very plane that went down was the model that sparked an EU inquiry into Yemenia’s safety record two years ago.