Egypt signs deal with Ireland to facilitate direct flights
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By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: Egypt and Ireland initialed Thursday in Dublin an air services exchange agreement to increase direct flights between the two countries in order to boost bilateral trade and promote tourism to Egypt, according to Ahmed Saleh, the public relations director of Cairo International Airport.

Present at the agreement ceremony were officials from the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin and a delegation from Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry, Saleh told The Cairo Post Saturday.

“As per the agreement, Irish airlines are allowed to run eight flights weekly to Cairo and Alexandria, in addition to an unlimited number of flights to other airports in Egypt, including those of Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Burj Al Arab, Luxor and Aswan,” he added.

The agreement also allows an unlimited number of direct flights from Egypt into Ireland’s international airports at Dublin, Cork and Shannon, according to Saleh.

“Currently, only connection flights are available between the two countries, as no airline companies, including EgyptAir, provide direct flights from Cairo to any of Ireland’s three airports or vice versa,” Mohammed Sayed, the chairman of EgyptAir Ground Services, told The Cairo Post Thursday.

The agreement culminates over four years of efforts exerted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in coordination with the Tourism Ministry and the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin, Sayed added.

“The agreement will definitely increase the number of tourists from Ireland, Scotland and other countries in the same region, including the Scandinavian countries, which also have no direct flights to Egypt,” Hossam al-Shaaer, head of the Tourism Ministry’s Tourism Agencies Chamber, told The Cairo Post Saturday.

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