File Photo: A Boeing 757-300 of Condor Airlines is pictured at Duesseldorf Airport, Germany, taken on September 23, 2019. REUTERS
German airline Condor announced that it will operate a flight every Thursday in February from Germany to Egypt’s coastal city of Hurghada, with an increase in the number of flights starting March, a statement by Egypt's ambassador in Berlin Khaled Galal Abdel-Hamid said on Wednesday.
Condor resumed flights last Saturday, carrying about 220 passengers from Frankfurt to Hurghada.
The German trips are coordinated with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the General Administration of Quarantine at the Ministry of Health, the ambassador added.
The tourism ministry is implementing a strategy to launch “a safe tourist corridor” between Germany and tourist destinations in Egypt’s Red Sea governorate to attract the German tourists back to the country, said Abdel-Hamid.
The latest moves will take place amid precautionary measures for travellers and workers in tourist resorts through a set of strict anti-coronavirus safety regulations, Abdel-Hamid added.
The ambassador expressed hope that the announced trips will reattract German tourism to Red Sea destinations.
German tourism to Egypt ranks first in terms of numbers, as 2019 saw 1.8 million German tourists visiting Egypt, the ambassador said.
In late December, Hurghada received its first flight from Berlin since Egypt reopened its airspace to regular flights in July.
Egypt requires travellers arriving to the country to present a negative PCR lab test result. However, travellers entering Egypt at any of four airports in the Red Sea governorate and South Sinai can take a coronavirus test upon arrival.