Egypt's Borg El-Arab airport receives first Pegasus flight from Istanbul

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Dec 2023

Alexandria's Borg El-Arab International Airport received Wednesday the first Pegasus Airlines flight coming from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Turkey, according to the Egyptian Airports Company's (EAC) official statement.

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A Pegasus Airlines flight at Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria, Egypt, arriving from the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Airports Company (EAC).


Ahmed Mansour, board chairman of the EAC, directed providing all possible services to the flight's crew and passengers and facilitating all procedures.

The airport received the plane with the customary water cannon salute to celebrate the first flight by the airline to Egypt's Borg El-Arab airport, according to the statement.

The public relations team welcomed the passengers, distributed gifts, and assisted them in completing arrival procedures.

According to the flight schedule, the Turkish carrier will operate four flights per week to Borg El-Arab airport.

According to Skyscanner, a flight search aggregator, the flights are scheduled on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday with the one-way flight cost starting from EGP 2,100.

Pegasus Airlines, known as Flypgs, is a leading low-cost airline headquartered in Istanbul, and Sabiha Gokcen Airport is its main operational hub.

This launch of the new direct flight comes within the framework of Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation’s efforts to attract tourists from new destinations during the winter season.

Egypt’s tourism revenues hit a record high of $13.6 billion in FY2022/2023, up by 26.8 percent from $10.7 billion in FY2021/2022, according to the Central Bank of Egypt.

During the first half of 2023, Egypt attracted 7 million tourists. In October alone, it hosted 1.3 million visitors from 80 countries — an eight percent increase from October 2022.

Recognizing the pivotal role of tourism in bolstering foreign currency inflow, Egypt aims to attract 30 million tourists annually by 2028, doubling the current projected figure of 15 million.

“We have to double our hotel rooms, offer low-cost air travel, and diversify our tourist products to achieve the target of attracting 30 million tourists per year,” Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa said earlier.

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