EgyptAir (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Around 1,643 Egyptians stranded in Kuwait are set to return to Egypt through seven slights on Monday, Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority announced in an official statement.
According to the statement, six airliners, including EgyptAir with three flights, will head to Cairo on Monday. The other carriers include Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways.
Another flight will be operated to the Red Sea’s Marsa Alam on Egypt’s Air Cairo, according to the statement.
The seven flights will run until 10 pm on Monday, it added.
Egyptians in Kuwait and other Gulf countries have been pleading to get repatriated during the past weeks.
Last May, Egypt began repatriating nationals stranded in Kuwait after Kuwaiti authorities broke up riots by Egyptian workers with invalid residencies seeking to return home.
Egypt has closed its airports to international flights since mid-March as part of the preventive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It is mainly keeping its airspace open to cargo and domestic flights during the flight suspension.
Egypt is just operating flights to repatriate its citizens abroad and has returned home at least 12,000 Egyptians so far.
The government is covering the cost of those staying at university hostels. Those willing to spend their quarantine period at designated hotels in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Alam will have to pay for their stay.
Those arriving on Monday will be placed under a seven-day quarantine after the Egyptian health ministry decided in May to shorten the mandatory quarantine period for overseas returnees from 14 days to one week.