Egypt’s national carrier, EgyptAir, will add 66 extra flights to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada during the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr, which concludes the holy month of Ramadan, said Sameh Al-Hefni, CEO of EgyptAir.
Starting today and until 5 August, the airliner will operate 38 flights to Sharm El-Sheikh and 23 flights to Hurghada a day, in an effort to encourage domestic tourism.
Similarly, the Egyptian National Railways Authority has put eight additional journeys – from Cairo to Aswan – on its daily schedule for the Eid holiday, one of the busiest travel times of the year.
In a further bid to boost domestic tourism, Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal announced recently that prices for domestic flights would be reduced by 20 per cent throughout the year.
Kamal said that the move aimed at sparing citizens the seasonal price hikes that occur during feasts and peak times, especially to destinations such as Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor and Aswan.
He said that EgyptAir, the national carrier, had changed its pricing system and ticket rates for these destinations would remain the same throughout the year.
The discounted rates would go hand-in-hand with EgyptAir’s offering subsidised flights to Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, Kamal said, adding that the air tickets would be offered at LE760, with a total of two flights per day for each destination.