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Cairo's flight traffic sees 40 per cent plunge due to security vacuum

Last week's deadly attack following a football match in Port Said and the ensuing four-day-long protests against security forces drastically reduced tourism into Cairo this weekend

DPA and Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Feb 2012
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Cairo airport flights and passengers saw some of 40 per cent decline on Sunday, compared to the usual traffic.

The security vacuum and protests around the headquarters of security directorates and police stations in various governorates has apparently shied people away from Egypt.

"Passport records from passengers arriving from abroad showed a decline in the passenger numbers on the aircrafts, especially from Europeans, where the percentage of empty seats ranges between 40 and 45 per cent of the total volume of the seats," a source at the Cairo airport told DPA.

The source added that tour groups are almost non-existent nowadays, in decline along with the suffering tourism industry in Egypt.

In January EgyptAir saw a three-quarter plunge in its annual profits due to regional unrest and rising fuel costs, the national carrier announced on Monday.

The airline reported profits of LE259 million (US$42.95m) in the 2010-11 financial year, which is 76 per cent less than the year before.

Profits for the 2011 calendar year were just LE82 million ($13.6m).

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