Egypt may resume direct flights to Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
Egyptian companies may resume flights between Baku and Sharm El Sheikh in winter to attract tourists from Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Cairo Tural Rzayev told Trend Nov. 11.
“Azerbaijan and Egypt have great potential for cooperation in the tourism sphere,” said the ambassador. “Both countries show great interest in establishing relations in this sphere. A direct flight between Baku and Sharm El Sheikh was opened in June to increase mutual tourist flow.”
“The Egyptian companies offered Azerbaijani tourists tour packages at very attractive prices,” Rzayev said. “However, later the flight was suspended due to its unprofitability. This is explained by a number of reasons: the opening of the flight coincided with the month of Ramadan and the summer in Egypt, where the air temperature, as a rule, is not very comfortable for guests from Azerbaijan. In this regard, the Egyptian side decided to suspend the flights.”
Rzayev said that in order to make flights profitable, Egyptian companies were considering the possibility of organizing joint flights with one of the countries of Central Asia.
On June 3, Egypt’s Air Cairo opened the direct Baku-Sharm El Sheikh-Baku flight, thus having created conditions for increasing the tourist flow from Azerbaijan.
However, later the airline decided to temporarily suspend the flights from the resort city to Baku, explaining its decision by the lack of demand for the flight.
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