CAIRO: The first direct flight from the Cairo International airport to Japan’s Kansai International Airtport near Osaka will operate April 23 a nearly three-year long suspension of the route, said head of the International Tourism Section of Egypt’s Tourism Authority Mohamed Abdel-Gabbar Sunday.
The fights will be operated by a private aviation company, Abdel-Gabbar added in remarks to Youm7, noted that the route will be in operation for five weeks. The first week of May in Japan is commonly known as “Golden Week,” and many Japanese travel domestically or internationally during that time.
“The flights between Egypt and Japan have completely suspended and the Japanese tourists arrive in Egypt on board of Gulf aviations planes, mainly Qatar and UAE,” Abdel-Gabbar continued, adding that the direct line between countries will help boost the tourism.
The number of Japanese tourists visited Egypt last year recorded 13,613 with an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014, he said.
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. The sector, which is the nation’s second highest source of national income after the Suez Canal provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.