Egypt Independent

Hurghada airport receives 4 flights with 750 tourists



The Hurghada International Airport on Saturday received four flights from Ukraine and Belarus with 750 tourists on-board, amid precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

These measures included sterilization, temperature assessment, social distancing during arrival and tourists passing through thermal cameras.

On Wednesday morning the Hurghada Airport received its first foreign flight coming via Ukraine, a sign representing Egypt’s gradual return to normalcy after a halt on foreign tourism of over three months.

According to travel agent Sayed al-Gabry, tourism company TUI fly is scheduled to operate its first flights from Ukraine to Hurghada Airport in the middle of July.

It is also set to operate two weekly flights from Brussels Airport to Hurghada beginning from July 12, alongside two weekly flights to Sharm el-Sheikh at the same time.

TUI fly will operate a weekly flight to Marsa Alam starting from July 17, while TUI fly Belgium will run two weekly flights from Ostend Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, starting July 18.

The Red Sea’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities bureau director Manal Salah on Saturday announced that 12 diving centers have been examined to ensure they followed all conditions approved by the ministry to allow for the resumption of marine activities.

And in South Sinai, a Ukrainian tourist marketing delegation inspected health measures in place at Sharm el-Sheikh since the return of tourism.

The delegation welcomed these measures during their meeting with the Deputy Governor of South Sinai Enas Samir, and the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ghada Shalaby.

They further approved of the procedures in place in the event of a detected coronavirus infection.

The delegation said that airport authorities and tourist officials have been doing their best to protect tourists from the very moment they arrive up until their departure, and also praised the cooperation between the Red Sea and the ministries of tourism and health on the matter.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm