Egypt Independent

EgyptAir sees highest daily operating rate since return of flights



The EgyptAir Holding Company announced that it has seen its highest daily operating rate on Friday since international air traffic resumed on July 1, after a lockdown on flights due to the coronavirus was lifted.

In a Friday statement, EgyptAir explained that 42 flights (scheduled and charter) were operated to transport over 4,000 passengers from different nationalities, at one trip to each to Beirut, London, Athens, Larnaca, Douala, Paris, Istanbul, New York, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Berlin, Juba, Vienna, Munich, Budapest, Khartoum, Nairobi, Sharjah, Bahrain, and Erbil.

It added that two flights were also operated to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Milan and Baghdad, in addition to three domestic flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, two flights to Hurghada, and one to Luxor, and charter flights to: Abha, Muscat, Casablanca, and Medina, and two flights to Jeddah, alongside five air cargo flights.

Egypt had suspended flights and tourism in March as part of measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Traffic in all Egyptian airports resumed since July 1, in accordance with Egypt’s preventive and precautionary measures to coexist with the coronavirus.

Civil aviation traffic in Egypt had been suspended since March 19, excluding air cargo flights, charter flights only for tourist groups already in Egypt who want to return home, international medical flights and domestic flights.

Egypt announced Thursday that starting September every passenger onboard its flights to Egypt, regardless of nationality, must have a PCR analysis confirming that they tested negative for coronavirus.

The statement explained that this comes as part of efforts by the Egyptian government to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning September 1, all local and foreign passengers must provide a PCR analysis document proving they tested negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of reaching Egyptian territory.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm