File photo: An EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 (photo: Ahram Online archive)
A second EgyptAir flight took off on Tuesday from Toronto en route to Egypt, with 332 stranded Egyptians on board, as part of the country's plan to bring back home nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The special flight is set to arrive at Marsa Alam International Airport. All the returnees will spend 14 days in quarantine in hotels at the Red Sea City.
In statements published by state-run news agency MENA, the Egyptian Ambassador to Canada Amed Abu Zeid has thanked the Egyptian nationals for their cooperation with the Egyptian embassy and consulate to finalize their travel procedures.
Egypt has closed all its airports to international flights since mid-March as part of drastic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country has since operated exceptional flights to bring Egyptians stranded abroad back home and allow foreign tourists to return to their country.
Egypt has since kept its airspace open to inbound charter and to cargo and domestic flights.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed to repatriate an estimated 3,500 Egyptians stranded overseas “at the earliest opportunity.”