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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Potential resumption of int’l flights in and out of Egypt leads the airwaves

On an otherwise quiet night on the airwaves, the potential resumption of international flights into and out of Egypt was the main theme of last night’s talk shows.

The Madbouly Cabinet will decide today when international flights will resume, which Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar told Sada El Balad’s Ahmed Moussa he expects will happen “within a few weeks,” but is contingent on other countries also reopening their airports (watch, runtime: 10:57).

It’s unlikely that airplanes will be required to have empty seats between passengers, but officials will introduce other safety precautions such as requiring passengers and crew members to wear gloves and masks onboard all flights, as well as providing self-check-in services at the airport, Manar said.

Private carriers have sustained EGP mns in lost revenue, while state-owned carriers’ losses are in the bns, Manar said. The minister suggested that airlines will slash ticket prices once air travel resumes to help spur sales.

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