Sharm el-Sheikh-Baku flight to be launched in June

16 May 2016 23:12 (UTC+04:00)

By Nigar Abbasova

Sharm el-Sheikh-Baku direct flight will be launched from this June, said Fathy Attia, Commercial Director of Air Cairo company, at a press conference dedicated to cooperation between Azerbaijan and Egypt in tourism sector.

Air Cairo low fare subsidiary of Egypt Air will open regular Baku-Sharm el-Sheikh-Baku flights starting June 3.

“The tickets for the four-hour flight will cost approximately $350,” Attia added.

The flights will be performed once a week. Departure from Baku will be at 09:30 and estimated arrival to Sharm el Sheikh will be at 11:00 local time. Return flight departure time will be 03:00 local time, estimated arrival time to Baku is 08:30.

Several years ago, charter flights from Baku to Sharm el-Sheikh were operated, but later flights were suspended as there was no demand in this direction which in its turn was connected with unstable political situation in Egypt.

Previously, Azerbaijan’s State Civil Aviation Administration reported that opening of regular flights to Egypt would be possible should aircrafts operating flights on this direction satisfy all necessary security regulations.

The launch of non-stop air flights between Baku and Sharm El Sheikh is considered to be a positive step in terms of developing ties between the two countries in the sphere of tourism.

Egyptian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Suzanne Mouh Gamil highlighted the importance of tourism sector for Egypt’s economy, saying the cooperation between the two countries in tourism sphere will develop as other fields.

Currently the number of Azerbaijani tourists travelling to Egypt is not high, but experts are sure in the future success of non-stop flights, as Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab world.

Air Cargo airline was established in 2003. Main base of the Airline is Cairo International Airport. The airline successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the fifth time in sequence and has joined IATA by the end of August 2015.

Egypt recognized Azerbaijan's independence in December 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in March 1992.

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