Air Malta has resumed the operation of flights to Cairo after a twelve-year absence. As of 1st September, the airline began flights from Malta to Cairo on Thursdays and Sundays, and from Cairo to Malta on Fridays and Mondays.
Flights will continue throughout the winter season, with Air Malta CEO Clifford Chetcuti adding that there are plans to increase the number of trips to three per week next summer.
Mr Chetcuti reportedly said that the airline is planning to carry some 25,000 passengers in its first year of operations to Egypt, while the flight times have been planned to allow commuters the possibility to connect with other Air Malta flights to and from several European airports.
The cost of flying to Cairo will start from €71/ EGP1620 including taxes and charges, while Air Malta chairman Charles Mangion said that it was encouraging to see that on the first flight, 300 return passengers were booked. He added that 75 per cent of those passengers were connecting to other destinations.
“Egypt is opening up again for tourism, foreign investment and trade and Air Malta’s new direct services are intended to boost tourism and trade opportunities between the two countries,” Mangion reportedly said.
The flight schedule will operate as follows (all times local):
Thursday and Sunday KM 710 Dep Malta 11.40pm Arr Cairo 2.15am*
Friday and Monday KM 711 Dep Cairo 3.15am Arr Malta 6.20am
Current advice by the Maltese government via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as of 19th August 2019, states that Maltese citizens should “avoid all travel to certain areas”.
The advice reads:
“The Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to the country that suicide bombings took place in Egypt's restive North Sinai region killing two people. The victims of the bombing were a civilian and a member of the security forces. The region has long been an unstable territory and travellers are therefore advised to stay away from the area.
“Following the death of former President Mursi, protests or attacks are highly possible. Precautionary measures should be taken and travellers should be vigilant all the time."
The advice mentions certain areas of Cairo associated with the Muslim Brotherhood which it encourages travellers not to visit. It also stresses the prevalence of female harassment while reminding the public that homosexuality is not tolerated in Egypt.
Read the full travel advice here.