Yemen's Houthi administration has started renovating Sanaa airport, two industry sources said, as the group that controls most of northern Yemen prepares for a possible reopening of the facility under U.N.-led peace efforts.
A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has controlled Yemen's air space since 2015, when the alliance intervened against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that ousted the internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa.
The coalition's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had agreed to reopen air space and allow the airport to resume regular operations.
The industry sources told Reuters that construction work had begun in some parts of the airport, which has been closed since 2015 except for U.N. flights.
It has been targeted dozens of times by coalition airstrikes over the last six years. The military alliance says the facility is used for arms smuggling.