Egypt’s Open Skies Policy to further boost tourism

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Egypt’s Open Skies Policy to further boost tourism

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An announcement by Egypt on its implementation of the Open Skies Policy, which allows Egyptian airlines to operate direct flights from European countries to the Cairo International airport, alongside the inauguration of the Sphinx International Airport and the New Administrative Capital’s airport, was widely welcomed by tourism and aviation experts.

The experts stated that these two steps will have positive economic and developmental impacts by restoring Egypt’s flow of tourists and enhancing trade relations with other countries.

The policy has been applied towards all Egyptian airports, coming in line with the country’s aim of enhancing relations with all countries and encouraging tourism by removing all obstacles hindering those willing to visit Egypt, said the President of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, Sameh al-Hefny.

Hefny said that it is now possible for all private airlines worldwide to land and take off at Egyptian airports without restriction, after meeting internationally recognized safety and security standards.

He pointed out that before the implementation of the Open Skies Policy, there were 47 international airlines operating at Cairo airport. The new policy will provide unlimited opportunities to double this number, providing further alternatives to those visiting Egypt.

The policy will also revitalize travel and transit traffic within the Egyptian airports, contributing to the operation of many services related to travel and aviation and promoting economic growth rates in general.

The head of the private aviation association Youssry Abdel Wahab also praised the implementation of the Open Skies Policy, saying it had been a constant demand from workers in the Egyptian tourism sector.

He said that the Cairo airport can accommodate 30 million passengers a year, but previously applied procedures allowed only 14 million passengers a year.

The Open Skies Policy operates Cairo airport at its full capacity and creates new jobs, he added. Wahab also called for giving Arab countries the priority in drawing the largest possible number of Arab tourists, and for activating the electronic visa system.

The prices and tourism programs will be adjusted in accordance to demand rates.

Higher demand rates give Egypt more opportunities to select tourists who can spend more money, thus raising the tourism sector workers’ income, he stated.

Airports are the gateway to Egypt, receiving 95 percent of the country visitors while the remaining five percent enter through land and sea ports, according to Abdel Wahab.

The policy will increase export opportunities and encourage air traffic, taking into account that aviation serves 42 industries, he said.

Source: https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-ope ... t-tourism/


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Re: Egypt’s Open Skies Policy to further boost tourism

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DJKeefy wrote:
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He said that the Cairo airport can accommodate 30 million passengers a year, but previously applied procedures allowed only 14 million passengers a year.
Last week the government of Egypt announced that it is to build a new terminal at Cairo Airport, me thinks Egypt is acting a little crazy when it comes to how it sees it future. Do they seriously think that it's capital will become THE HUB of the East. In the 70's and 80's Cairo was a sort of hub, but in truth few people bothered to 'stay over' there even for a couple of days.

The once military airport to the east of Cairo, which is to become the Sphinx International Airport, in my opinion will be a disaster. So far the only real people who been signed up to work and live in the new city are civil servants, and most of them are only going there because of the generous offer of lower than average interest rate mortgages. In truth how will the Chinese get their loan money back ?

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Tourists are one of - perhaps the only - tangible benefit Egypt currently gets from its burgeoning relationship with China. Over 300,000 p.a and rising. Other than that China exports far more to Egypt than vice versa.

The level of external debt to China is staggering...$30 billion for the New Administrative Capital alone. I doubt Egypt will ever be in a position to repay it which means it will become a vassal state to China....no doubt all part of the plan to lay hands on the Suez Canal- vital to the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative .

Egypt only has to look at the way the relationship between previous beneficiaries of Chinese largesse have soured.....the Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan...

But Sisi, in this as in so many other areas, is an unstoppable train....manned be sycophantic dreamers with primary school economics qualifications.

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Newcastle you have forgotten to add all the inroads the Chinese have made in Africa, especially in countries with mineral reserves.
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Horus wrote:
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Newcastle you have forgotten to add all the inroads the Chinese have made in Africa, especially in countries with mineral reserves.
True.... although following in European footsteps.

At least the Chinese are unlikely to be foisting the Bible on them. :lol:

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An announcement by Egypt on its implementation of the Open Skies Policy, which allows Egyptian airlines to operate direct flights from European countries to the Cairo International airport, alongside the inauguration of the Sphinx International Airport and the New Administrative Capital’s airport, was widely welcomed by tourism and aviation experts.
So the authorities want to put all their eggs into one basket. This new airport, who is it going to serve? Tourists to the local sites? The new city? Whilst it might be an idea to expand the existing airport I cannot see how a new airport nearby will work yet alone make money.

The open skies policy is already in place as Egyptair fly to most major cities in Europe. How else can they expand? Perhaps they should increase flights to Luxor from various points. Goodness knows Luxor is crying out for a better route structure, especially at this time of the year when tourism is on a high. One question why is the airport at Sharm still 'out of bounds' to UK flights if other European operators are starting to fly back there?

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I hate flying via Cairo. If it's tourism they want how about increasing the frequency of international flights to Luxor and Aswan?
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Very pleasing to know Lower Egypt is getting well looked after at the expense of Upper Egypt..

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