Egypt Independent

Photos: Marsa Alam Airport receives first Czech tourist flight since lockdown



The Red Sea’s Marsa Alam International Airport on Saturday received its first Czech tourist flight since the coronavirus outbreak.

The flight carried roughly 160 Czech tourists with all preventive measures in place such as checking PCR test results.

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Egypt Jan Fulík preciously visited some Hurghada hotels to inspect the measures taken to counter the coronavirus outbreak.

Fulik said in September, during his visit to Sharm el-Sheikh with the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany, that his country would resume tourist flights to Egypt by October 1.

This decision is the fruit of Anany’s visit to Prague in August and his talks with the Czech officials to boost tourism between both countries, Fulik added.

Egypt 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.

Egypt reopened its borders for tourism on July 1, and more foreign countries are resuming flights to and from the country each day, including Switzerland, Russia, and France.

On September 1, all archaeological sites and museums in the country reopened, and Upper Egypt’s famous Nile cruises resumed operations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm