EgyptAir asks customers to arrive early at airports due to daylight savings postponement

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Apr 2016

Customers are asked to be present on Friday at airports four hours prior to international flights and two hours prior to domestic flights; see information inside

An EGYPTAIR airplane (Photo: EGYPTAIR)

Egyptian national airline EgyptAir urged its customers to arrive at airports on Friday four hours prior to departure for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights due to the postponement of daylight savings time in Egypt, an official statement said.

The Egyptian cabinet announced Thursday that daylight savings time would start 7 July and - instead of today - and last until the end of October.

Egypt is normally two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) — meaning clocks in Egypt were three hours ahead of GMT when daylight savings time was last applied in 2014.

The confusion caused by the daylight savings' last minute cancellation has affected 15% of domestic trips from Cairo International Airport as many travelers ran late for their flights, said head of Egypt's national carrier EgyptAir Hisham Al-Nahas, according to Ahram Arabic newswebsite.

International trips from the country were not affected, El-Nahas said.

Late passengers were provided seats in following flights with no penalty fees imposed, he added.

EgyptAir asked its customers to contact its call centre in Egypt or visit its official website to find updated flight times.

The airline's call centre's number in Egypt can be reached at 090070000 from any landline or 1717 from any mobile phone.

EgyptAir's official website is

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