Luxor-Japan direct fights to resume Saturday after 5-years hiatus
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CAIRO: Egypt’s Luxor International Airport will receive Saturday evening the first direct flight from Japan after 5 years of hiatus, Youm7 reported.

It is scheduled that the flight will land in the airport at 8:00 p.m. Cairo local time with 230 Japanese tourists who will tour Egypt’s top tourist destination for three days.

For a month, Luxor Airport will receive a weekly flight from Japan and the number of the flights will be doubled weekly to two in October, said head of Airport public relations Bekhit Khairi.

After January 25 Revolution 2011, Japan has stopped direct flights to the airport, the decision pushed Japanese passengers to have transits in UAE or Qatar.

It is scheduled that the first direct flight from the Cairo International airport to Japan’s Kansai International Airport near Osaka will operate Saturday, said head of the International Tourism Section of Egypt’s Tourism Authority Mohamed Abdel-Gabbar on March 21.

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.

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