EgyptAir (Photo: Al-Ahram)
EgyptAir Airlines CEO Amr Abul Enein announced Tuesday that the last flight from Cairo to Saudi Arabia will be at 3pm Cairo Local Time on Wednesday as Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban of entry from 20 countries including Egypt effective from 3 February.
In a phone-in to “The Last Word” news night TV show on ONTV, Abul Enein said that there are currently talks to push forward one more flight to Riyadh, but it has not been confirmed yet.
In a statement issued late on Tuesday, EgyptAir said it will continue to operate flights from Saudi Arabia to Egypt to transport Egyptians and other nationalities during the suspension period.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia suspended entry to the kingdom from 20 countries, except for diplomats, Saudi citizens, medical practitioners and their families, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the state news agency reported.
The temporary ban includes people arriving from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States, Britain, South Africa, France, Egypt, Lebanon, India and Pakistan.
According to Abul Enein, EgyptAir operates daily flights to Mecca, Al-Madina, Riyadh, Dammam and Al-Qassim.
Saudi Arabia hosts the biggest community of Egyptian expats in the world, estimated at more than two million in 2020.
Egypt has already recorded officially 166,541 case of coronavirus including 130, 471 recovered cases and 9,360 fatalities.
Saudi Arabia has recorded 368,255 cases including 360,266 recovered and 6,383 fatalities.