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Travellers should arrive at airports early due to cancellation of daylight savings: EgyptAir

EgyptAir could lose $2 million due to confusion caused by cancellation of daylight savings time, according to EgyptAir chairman Safwat Mosallam

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Jul 2016
EgyptAir plane taking off (Photo:Reuters)
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Egypt's national airline EgyptAir urged its customers to arrive at airports four hours prior to the scheduled departure times for international flights and two hours early for domestic flights due to the cancelation of daylight savings time in the country, an official statement said on Monday.

The statement comes hours after the Egyptian cabinet announced its decision to abolish daylight savings time, which was set to be applied on Thursday.

According to EgyptAir chairman Safwat Mosallam, the national airliner could lose up to $2 million if daylight savings time is cancelled as there would be delays in flights and it would cause many passengers to miss their connections.

The International Aviation Transport Association (IATA), according to Mosallam, was informed earlier this week that daylight savings would be applied in July, and that airlines had scheduled their flights accordingly.

Last week, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Magdy El-Agati told parliament that the Egyptian government paid $8 million to the IATA after the state did not apply daylight savings time in April as was originally planned.

The system was first implemented in the country in 1988 as a power-saving measure.

It was abolished in April 2011, with the government arguing at the time that the practice was ineffective at curbing power usage.

The system was temporarily revived in May 2014 in order to ease power consumption after the country suffered rolling power blackouts.

Egypt is normally two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), leaving it three hours ahead if daylight saving time is applied.

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