Sunday, September 30, 2012

► COTE D'IVOIRE: Egyptair to resume Abidjan flights before year end?

EgyptairAfter a meeting on Thursday between Ahmed Tarek Abdelakher, the Chargé d'Affaires of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Ivorian Prime Minister Jeannot-Kouadio Ahoussou, it was announced that Egyptian national carrier Egyptair (MS) would l resume flights between Abidjan and Cairo in the coming next three months.

 No official  word on the development has been heard from Egyptair itself, however.

Egyptair Airbus A330-200
Egyptair Airbus A330-200 in Kano, Nigeria
In a press statement shortly after meeting the Ivorian Prime Minister, Mr Abdelakher stated:
"We are in Côte d'Ivoire and to invest in establishing economic relations with Ivorian companies. It was a question to the Prime Minister to see how we could boost cooperation with Côte d'Ivoire. We therefore decided to reopen the airway between Côte d'Ivoire and Egypt by Egyptair within the next three months."

Egyptair planned to resume its Abidjan service in 2010 and again in 2011 but dumped it shortly before its inaugural flight due to the deteriorating situation in the West African country. An improvement in the political scene in Cote d'Ivoire following the events of the Second Ivorian Civil War of 2010/11, has seen numerous foreign carriers expressing the desire to return to Abidjan.