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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Germany removes travel ban restrictions on Taba

Germany has removed flight restrictions to Taba, allowing direct flights to the Sinai city, the country’s foreign ministry said. “The decision means that all airlines are allowed again to fly directly to Taba International Airport,” Orascom Development said in a press release. Germany had banned flights to Taba in the wake of the Russian Metrojet crash in 2015.

Orascom Development welcomed the news, saying it bodes well for business in its Taba Heights, the company’s second largest hotel and largest tourist destination in south Sinai. “Now with the lifting of the restrictions, the potential upside for the destination can be achievable, noting that in 2010, Taba Heights used to generate approximately USD 20 mn of pure EBITDA,” said CEO Khaled Bichara.

Travel warnings remain: The ministry recommends that travelers avoid unaccompanied, individual trips to south Sinai and warned against travel to the north Sinai, the Egyptian-Israeli border (except Taba), and remote areas in the Sahara desert. High security levels are expected in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez until 19 July because of the Afcon 2019 tournament, the German foreign ministry said, advising its citizens to avoid crowds and follow the instructions of local security forces.

So what’s your excuse, Russia? The lifting of restrictions by Germany comes as Russia continues to remain cagey about restoring charter flights to Egypt. “It is difficult to say when the charter flights could resume between Egypt and Russia,” the country’s industry and trade minister, Denis Manturv, said last month.

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