Chinese Hainan airlines to resume flights to Egypt soon: official
The arrival hall is empty at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt. Monday Nov. 9. AP

CAIRO: China’s Hainan Airlines is set to resume its flights to Egypt soon, Abu al Maati Shaarawy, chairman of the tourism office at the Egyptian Embassy in Beijing was quoted by state news agency MENA Friday.

Shaaraway, who chaired Egypt’s stand at the China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM 2016,) said that Hainan will operate three weekly flights from Beijing to Cairo as a first phase.

The Chinese airline suspended its flights to Egypt over “security concerns” following the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, said Shaarawy, but has not mentioned a specific date for flight resumption.

The move comes as part of the Egyptian Ministry’s plan to increase the number of Chinese tourists in Egypt to 200,000 in 2016, he said.

Several European countries suspended flights to Egypt and some imposed a ban on EgyptAir flights to their airports after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Central Sinai Oct. 31, 2015, claiming the lives of all 224 passengers and crew on board.

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