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Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh receives first flight from Armenia since virus hiatus; Borg Al-Arab airport receives first Milan flight

The two flights were received with water salutes

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Sep 2020
Air Cairo
Air Cairo flight arriving from Armenia received with an air salute at Sharm El-Sheikh Int'l Airport (Photo courtesy of Egypt's civil aviation ministry)

Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport received on Thursday an Air Cairo flight from Armenia carrying 52 passengers, the first flight from Armenia since Egypt reopened its airspace to regular flights in July.

The passengers included a media delegation and several Armenian tour operators.

Air Cairo, which is run by the civil aviation ministry, will operate three flights weekly on the same route.

Also on Thursday, Borg Al-Arab Airport in Alexandria received a flight from Milan operated by low-cost airline Wizz Air, the first such flight between the Italian city and the Egyptian coastal town.

A total of 180 passengers were on board.

The European airline will operate three weekly flights between the cities.

Both flights were received with water salutes at the airport, with officials providing all necessary facilitation to finalize passengers' arrival procedures, amid strict adherence to preventive measures against the coronavirus.

Since the resumption of flights in July, foreign tourists in tour groups have been allowed entry into three coastal Egyptian governorates: Red Sea, Marsa Matrouh and South Sinai.

Egypt requires travellers arriving in the country to present a negative PCR lab test result certificate for the coronavirus.

However, travellers entering Egypt at any of four airports in the Red Sea governorate and South Sinai can take a coronavirus test upon arrival.


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