Egypt’s Marsa Alam International Airport on Thursday received its first foreign flight since the suspension of air traffic due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The flight carried 25 passengers.
EgyptAir resumed direct flights on Wednesday, July 1, after a nearly four-month hiatus.
The International Council for Tourism and Travel (ICTT) in June granted Egypt the “Safe Travel Stamp” after approving the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ health safety regulations to receive foreign tourism.
On Wednesday July 1, Hurghada Airport received its first foreign flight coming from Ukraine. On July 5 the airport received four flights from Ukraine and Belarus, with a total of 750 tourists on-board.
Tourism is a vital sector in Egypt, accounting for about 12 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product.
The tourism sector is also one of the economic sectors that has been most severely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm