Four tourists have fainted from overcrowded conditions at the Hurghada International Airport over the past 48 hours.
Major tourist agencies said they received several complaints from tourists about having to wait for up to three hours in line. Some tourists described the situation as painful, when getting their visas at the airport. The shortage in the number of officers at the passport control, in addition to the small halls, have contributed to these issues.
Several tourist agencies have approached the Egyptian Travel Agents Association saying tourists have negative impressions of Hurghada. The companies believe the multiple problems at the new terminal show that issues need to be resolved before the airport can operate properly.
Noura Ali, vice chief of the association, said she filed a detailed memorandum to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, the tourism and civil aviation ministers and the Red Sea governor to find suitable solutions to the problems.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm