CAIRO: Three flights will take off from Saudi Arabia to Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada for three months in a plan that targets 150,000 Saudi tourists, according to a Wednesday announcement by Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed.
Each flight will have 260 passengers on board, and the tourists will spend 10 days in each resort. The tourists may be Saudi or foreigners residing in the Kingdom.
A website will be launched to book the trip by the beginning of the month of Ramadan, which coincides with June 6. The first flight will arrive in Egypt by Eid el-Fitr; the end of Ramadan.
According to the assessment of the plan, the offer may be applied on tourists from Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi King Salman recently announced a project to build a bridge between Saudi Arabia and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Tourism in Egypt has been declining since the January 25 Revolution in 2011, more so in recent months due to attacks perpetrated after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Several Western countries issued travel bans to Egypt, which has reached out to Arab tourism to fill the void, especially in South Sinai.