Egypt' Sphinx International Airport (Photo Courtesy of EgyptAir Media)
Sphinx International Airport will receive on Friday its first repatriation flights for Egyptians returning home from the Gulf region, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.
The airport, located on the western side of Greater Cairo, is set to receive two Air Cairo flights from Abu Dhabi.
Inaugurated in January last year, the airport cost EGP 300 million and is planned to alleviate pressure on Cairo International Airport, which is on the eastern side of the capital.
The 300-passenger capacity per hour airport began in receiving domestic flights in January 2019, and received its first international flight, from Jordan, in January of this year.
Air Cairo will also operate a flight from Abu Dhabi to Marsa Alam airport in Red Sea governorate on Friday, while EgyptAir will operate flights from Riyadh, Dubai and Kuwait, also to Marsa Alam.
The Egyptian returnees on those flights will spend 14 days in isolation in hospitals and repurposed hotels in the resort city, to ensure they are not carrying the coronavirus.