EgyptAir suspends flights to and from Khartoum for 72 hours over security concern

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Apr 2023

EgyptAir announced Saturday a 72-hour suspension of its flights to and from Khartoum International Airport, due to the deteriorating security situation in Sudan.

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File Photo: EgyptAir Airbus A320neo aircraft on the tarmac at International Airport. AP

 

EgyptAir advised its customers to check their bookings for flights to and from Khartoum International Airport by contacting the airline's call center on the following numbers: 1717 (for calls within Egypt), 090070000 (for calls from landlines in Egypt), +97142306666, or +966122297777 (for international calls). 

Customers can also visit the airline's website or the nearest EgyptAir sales office or travel agent for more information, the statement added.

Earlier today, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Cairo is following the situation in Sudan with great concern amid the ongoing clashes, urging maximum restraint to "protect the lives and capabilities of the brotherly Sudanese people, and uphold the supreme interests of the homeland."

Sustained fighting between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in the Sudanese capital Saturday, including central Khartoum and the neighbourhood of Bahr.

The RSF said they were in control of several key sites following fighting with the regular army Saturday, including the presidential palace in the capital and Khartoum airport, reported AFP.

The General Command of the Armed Forces issued a press statement on Saturday, saying that rebel forces are conspiring against the state and national sovereignty, and have been engaging in acts of aggression against Sudan.

In response, the armed forces have been fighting for the "right and national dignity" of the country, with soldiers shedding "precious blood" in the process.

Tensions between the army and the RSF have simmered since the military take-over of the civilian government in October 2021.

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