Egypt condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi territories    NCW files complaint with Public Prosecutor over harassment, rape allegations circulated online    COVID-19 fatalities among Egyptian doctors rise to 116: EMS    Egypt reports 1,324 new COVID-19 cases, 79 fatalities    Egypt says no breakthrough reached on second day of AU-sponsored GERD talks    UAE adopts new government structure, full announcement to come on Sunday    Ministry of Culture announces schedule for resumed theatrical, musical activities    WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death    Biggest lenders in Canada join boycott of Facebook platforms    CIAM targets EGP 10bn asset management portfolio year-end    Virtual talks on Ethiopia's disputed dam resume amid consensus hopes    Egypt sees 13.5m mobile wallets end-May: NTRA    Turkish deals with Libya's Sarraj illegal: LNA    Brighton nearly safe after beating last-place Norwich 1-0    Berlin metro to change derogatory station name by end of year    Egypt to hold Senate elections on 11-12 August: NEC    No days off for Liverpool under Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain    5 killed, 10 injured in bomb attack in southwest Somalia    Banks in Egypt switch to IBAN standard to ease cross-border transactions    Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises    Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit: TASS    Hurghada Airport receives two flights carrying 383 tourists from Ukraine and Belarus    TUI opens bookings to Egypt starting September    Egypt gets its fifth new aircraft from Airbus    Egypt dismisses rumours of imposing tax on bank deposits    Egypt reopens 5 museums, 8 archaeological sites and operates 171 international, domestic flights    Arsenal forward Martinelli signs new long-term deal    Australia's Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since March    $50 bln more required for middle-and low-income Arab countries to recover from COVID-19: ESCWA    GERD talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue Saturday    GERD talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan resume on Friday    Rudolfo Anaya, 'godfather' of Chicano literature, dies at 82    Egypt and Jordan's Foreign ministers discuss annexation of West Bank    Lebanon's negotiations with IMF on hold pending start of reforms – minister    Moderna delays coronavirus vaccine trial – report    Egypt developing four WHO-registered vaccines to treat coronavirus patients    Egypt's Zamalek to continue training Thursday, but domestic league participation unclear    Liverpool boss Klopp happy with African Nations Cup postponement    Egypt's cultural activities to resume mid-July    Federation of Egyptian Banks denies funding GERD: eletreby    Saudi development authority starts executing phase I of giant cultural project    Don't miss Al-Hadra troupe's two concerts at El-Sawy Culturewheel    Egypt's President Sisi opens Baron Empain Palace, two int'l airports    11 coronavirus cases detected at Egyptian Premier League clubs – EFA    Egypt to host World Handball Championship on time despite COVID-19: EHF President    Liverpool's Egyptian winger Salah fit for Crystal Palace clash – coach Klopp    Egypt's parliament Oks amendments to House law amid differences over election    CAF draws timeline for resumed continental championships amid COVID-19    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Egypt considers 'gradual resumption' of int'l flights in 2nd half of June or 1st half of July: Cabinet spokesman
Published in Ahram Online on 31 - 05 - 2020

Egypt is considering a ‘gradual resumption' of international flights in the second half of June or first half of July, Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.
In a phone interview on Saturday, Saad told privately owned satellite TV Sada El-Balad that the Cabinet's coronavirus crisis committee will hold a meeting next week on applied measures over the pandemic, where they will discuss the resumption of flights.
“The gradual resumption of flights might be during the second half of June or first half of next July,” he said.
He said several global carriers have expressed readiness to resume flights to Egypt next July, especially as they “predict that Egypt is among states which will gradually open airspace”.
Saad added that the government has been working in the past period on implementing preventive measures inside Egyptian airports, including measures applied on board or at departure or arrival halls.
"Such measures have been implemented at a pilot level in domestic travel flights", he said.
The Cabinet's spokesman statements come few weeks after Egypt said a suspension of international flights at all Egyptian airports will continue “until further notice,” according to a decree by PM Mostafa Madbouly detailing the anti-coronavirus measures the country is taking following Eid Al-Fitr earlier this month.
Egypt is mainly keeping its airspace open to cargo and domestic flights, during the flight suspension, which has been in place since mid-March.
Egypt is just operating flights to repatriate its citizens abroad and has returned home at least 12,000 Egyptians so far.
Limited flights have been operated to a few international destinations, with EgyptAir announcing a special flight to Frankfurt on 5 June.
Egypt appears adamant to gradually re-open the economy to recover main sources of foreign currency heavily hit by the pandemic, including tourism and remittances from Egyptian expats.
Its aviation sector has suffered losses of billions during the imposed suspension, with losses estimated at exceeding EGP 2.25 billion ($142.1 million), according to statements by PM Madbouly last March.
The losses have pushed private and national airliners to seek governmental aid to help survive the crisis.
Last April, Egypt's private airline companies called on the aviation ministry to intervene to stop the haemorrhage of losses incurred by the coronavirus outbreak as the pandemic continues to take its toll on the country's vital sectors.
Egypt said in May it would provide an EGP 2 billion ($126.3 million) loan to national carrier EgyptAir to deal with the pandemic's repercussions.
The economic impact of the coronavirus crisis has pushed Egypt to seek an emergency fund of over $5 billion from the International Monetary Fund through a Stand-By Agreement, after receiving earlier this month $2.772 billion from the fund under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to meet urgent balance of payments needs.

Clic here to read the story from its source.