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Cairo violence prompts international flight cancellations

AP, Monday 21 Nov 2011
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Ongoing violence in Egypt have prompted at least two international airlines to cancel flights to the country.

Airport officials said flights from Italy and Syria were cancelled on Monday, and that the number of arrivals from European nations has plunged between 30 and 50 per cent since clashes between protesters and state security forces erupted at the weekend. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak with the media.
 
Italian carrier AlItalia is one of the affected airlines, according to a local media report.
 
The cancellations and the drop in arrivals was reminiscent of the mass departures of foreigners from Egypt in the first days of the uprising — an exodus that heralded the start of the decline of the country's vital tourism sector for the year.
 
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