Friday, August 16, 2013

■ EGYPT: National airports still operating despite ongoing chaos: Fadel

Egypt flagThe Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Abdel Aziz Fadel, has confirmed that all airports in the country are operating normally though the imposition of a curfew in Cairo has resulted in national carrier Egyptair (MS) asking passengers to be at Cairo International Airport at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure time of any international flights and 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights. He added the main road to Cairo airport was open and is closely monitored by police checkpoints and armed patrols.

Mr Abdel Aziz Fadel, Egypt Minister of Civil Aviation
Mr Abdel Aziz Fadel
Mr Fadel denied that some countries were asking for more landing slots to evacuate their nationals from Egypt. He did, however, confirm that Egyptair's arrivals had plunged 10% between July and August as a result of the ongoing violence sweeping the country.

In related news, Russia's Transaero says it may suspend flights to Egypt pending the outcome of a Thursday meeting at the Federal Tourism Agency, a Russian aviation industry representative has said. This comes after the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert for Egypt due to the tense situation in the country.