AB Maritime's Ayla vessel (Photo Courtesy of AB Maritime official website)
Egypt has said that four weekly one-way boat trips will be operated from Jordan starting 29 June to bring Egyptian citizens back home, the transportation ministry announced on Sunday.
According to an official statement, the Egyptian transportation minister said the ferries will be operated from Aqaba to Nuewiba by the Arab Bridge Maritime Company (AB Maritime), a joint venture between the governments of Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.
AB Maritime will be using its Ayla vessel, which can carry 1,000 passengers and 90 cars or 22 buses, according to data on its website.
The move comes amid the continued suspension of travel between Egypt and Jordan due to preventive measures put in place by the two countries to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the statement, the ferries will have a medical team and clinic on board; and passengers, luggage, and cars will undergo disinfection before every trip.
Egypt began repatriating its citizens in March after it grounded all international flights as part of sweeping measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The country has limited its air traffic to domestic trips and cargo flights.
Around 57,000 nationals were repatriated by EgyptAir and Air Cairo, Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar Ennaba said in earlier press statements.
Egypt will gradually resume regular international flights at all its airports starting 1 July. Foreign tourists will only be allowed into three coastal governorates as part of tour groups, which aims to help offset the vital sector’s losses amid the pandemic.