Germany prepares to resume tourist flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada

A German security delegation has concluded its review of the safety and security procedures applied at the Sharm el-Sheikh, Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports, following a week-long tour conducted in preparation for Germany’s resumption of tourist flights to Red Sea resort cities.

The delegation inspected procedures applied within catering services at Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports, and at air services on planes flying from the three airports to German cities.

German airlines recently started catering their planes heading to Berlin from catering units at the three airports thanks to strict precautionary measures followed by Egypt, whether by continuous disinfection and sterilization for food carts or on board planes.

The German delegation praised the procedures applied to flights to Germany and inside the airports, and lauded all efforts made by the aviation authorities.

The delegation also inspected procedures applied to travelers, which will also apply for flights to Berlin.

Navigational sources said that the delegation will submit their report to the German Ministry of Transport.

This visit is one of several made by various countries to inspect Egyptian airports in order to resume tourism and charter flights there.

Egypt had suspended flights and tourism in March 2020 as part of measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Traffic in all Egyptian airports resumed since July 1, 2020, in accordance with Egypt’s preventive and precautionary measures to coexist with the coronavirus.

Beginning September 1, 2020, all local and foreign passengers were demanded to provide a PCR analysis document proving they tested negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of reaching Egyptian territory.

Egypt’s tourism sector, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the country’s economy, has experienced a slump in tourism since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aviation, has launched several campaigns to revive the industry.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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