CAIRO: A total of 4,980 tourists of different nationalities are scheduled to arrive at the Hurghada International Airport Friday aboard 41 international flights, airport director Sadeq al Shoura was quoted by Al Ahram.
German tourists account for the largest number of arrivals, followed by holidaymakers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively, said Shoura.
The airport also received 175 Belgian holidaymakers Thursday, he added.
A total of 35 flights are scheduled to depart the airport to different European countries Friday, he said, adding that the airport will also receive nine domestic flights carrying Egyptians and tourists who were sightseeing in Cairo and Luxor.
Following a Russian plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew Oct. 31, 2015 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm al-Sheikh, 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.
The sector, 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 the 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 a mere 9 million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.