EgyptAir to operate first direct flight from Cairo to Port Sudan starting Friday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Aug 2023

EgyptAir announced the launch of a new direct route from Cairo International Airport to Port Sudan New International Airport, with daily flights starting Friday.

Egyptair Airplane. Egyptair website


The announcement came shortly after Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, the chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereignty Council and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi concluded talks in Cairo on Tuesday.

The visit was the Sudanese general’s first trip abroad since conflict broke out on 15 April, between the military, led by Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo.

Port Sudan on the Red Sea has seen only limited fighting since the conflict broke out. The coastal city is controlled by the military and has become the main entry point for humanitarian flights and aid shipments for Sudan.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority announced the reopening of the airspace in the eastern region of the country. This decision comes after a prolonged period of complete airspace closure due to the crisis. However, Khartoum International Airport remains mostly closed, except for flights involving humanitarian aid and evacuations, as reported by the Sudan News Agency.

EgyptAir indefinitely suspended all of its flights to and from Khartoum International Airport on 18 April due to the fighting.

The newly established route, designated as MS 865, will see daily departures from Cairo at 5:00am and from Port Sudan at 7:25am, according to EgyptAir's flight schedule. The two-and-a-half-hour-long flights will be operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Passengers can expect flight prices ranging from approximately EGP 18,000 to EGP 41,000 for economy class, with variations depending on the day of travel.

In June, Egypt's national carrier announced the launch of two additional routes: one leading to Manchester, UK, which started operating in mid-July; and another destined for Delhi, India, which became operational in August.

Short link: