CAIRO: State airline EgyptAir will operate a daily round trip flight from Cairo to Luxor at a price of no more than 760 EGP ($110), according to Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal in comments reported by Youm7 Thursday.
Kamal added that starting from Dec. 1, EgyptAir Express, a subsidiary of EgyptAir, will also operate a daily roundtrip flight from Cairo to Aswan for 960 EGP.
“The decision is to support the national strategy to encourage domestic tourism, which grows significantly during public holidays and the mid-academic year holiday in late January and early February, which is a period of convenient and moderate weather in Upper Egypt,” Kamal said.
Since it was established in 2007, EgyptAir Express has monopolized more than 90 percent of Egypt’s domestic network of 10 destinations, which it serves with a fleet of 12 76-seat Embraer ERJ170 aircraft, a board member at EgyptAir Express told The Cairo Post Thursday.
In April, the Civil Aviation Ministry launched daily round trip flights from Cairo to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada at a discounted rate of 760 EGP. Later in July, they began scheduling two daily round trip flights to the same destinations, the official said.
For his part, Hisham Ali, the chairman of the Tourism Investors Association in South Sinai, called on the Civil Aviation Ministry to increase the number of affordable flights from Cairo to Sinai’s airports in order to boost domestic tourism and increase hotel occupancy in the area.
“Two daily flights from Cairo to Sharm el-sheikh with affordable airfare are not enough. We have offered notable discounts on accommodations at the hotels, but due to the lack of flights, not so many people are benefiting from the offers,” Ali told The Cairo Post Thursday.