CAIRO: About 8,000 tourists of different nationalities arrived at the Hurghada International Airport Saturday on board 60 international flights, a security source at the airport told Al Ahram.
German tourists accounted for the largest number of visitors, arriving on 25 flights, followed by Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands, said Hurghada airport director Sadeq al Shoura.
Following the Russian plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew, swift decisions were taken by a number of countries including Germany, Russia, France and the UK to evacuate their tourists from the resort town, after reports that a bomb may have been the cause.
Egypt’s political turmoil following the 2011 January uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has badly affected tourism sector, which has only recently started to rebound. Egypt’s second most important source of national income after the Suez Canal provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.
The country’s revenues from tourism industry decreased by 15 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, said tourism ministry economic advisor Adala Ragab in October.
Egypt’s tourism authorities said two weeks ago that the country received nine million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.