CAIRO - 8 November 2022: At a time when Egypt is looking to unite the efforts of the world at the COP27 Climate Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh in order to formulate a common international vision to limit climate change and its negative effects, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has developed an integrated strategy towards environmental issues and climate change.
Lieutenant-General Mohamed Abbas, Minister of Civil Aviation, confirmed that the ministry seeks, through an ambitious plan, to achieve the Egyptian state's orientations towards sustainable development and transform Egyptian airports into "environmentally friendly" by focusing on two axes.
The first axis is the transition to using new and renewable energy, rationalizing the use of electricity and relying on solar energy, while the second axis is to reduce emissions from aircraft and the tendency to use biofuels to reach the lowest amount of carbon emissions. The plan is to implement the two axes while adhering to all instructions and recommendations issued by the international civil aviation organizations in accordance with the objectives of the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050, through which the Egyptian state aims to reduce climate repercussions and confront negative effects to climate changes.
The Minister of Aviation said that they are keen to avoid any negatives in all civil aviation activities, and that they have clear and specific corrective measures on an ongoing basis that are applied in various work sites through coordination with all operating and concerned authorities in civil aviation. He ensured that the ministry's mission is to improve the quality of the services provided in order to leave a positive impression and create an honorable image that befits Egypt’s civilized position, since Egyptian airports are Egypt’s first gateway and civilized interface that leaves a clear impact on travelers upon their arrival or departure from the airport.
Lieutenant-General Mohamed Abbas explained that the Ministry of Civil Aviation is applying the low-cost aviation model through Air Cairo, a company affiliated to the Ministry of Aviation, which has been in operation since 2006, and which started its work as a low-cost economic arm, saying that last September it had 12 aircraft and currently the number of its fleet has reached 17 aircraft.
It is planned that the number of operating aircrafts will reach 26 next March flying from abroad to tourist destinations, as well as domestic flights from Sharm El Sheikh Airport to Luxor, Aswan and Sphinx airports, and from the Middle East and Arab countries to Cairo International Airport.
He pointed out that there is confusion in the minds of some that low-cost flying may not have services, but the reality is that the services provided in it are paid according to the passenger's desire to take bags, order meals, use entertainment on the plane or other services, indicating that there is a difference in terms of Aircraft size and seat spacing in low-cost airlines and regular airlines.
The minister added that with regard to the services provided by EgyptAir, we find that the ticket price includes all services, stressing that EgyptAir is comparable to international airlines, and it is a member of the largest global alliance, the Star Alliance, and the presence of business and economy class services.
He added that the ministry always strives to provide the highest quality of services, including that provided during flight, whether catering, regular time, baggage handling and the service, indicating that the coming period will witness a remarkable change in service levels in order to reach the highest levels of efficiency, performance, quality, high profitability, expansion of the EgyptAir fleet and access to new points, which contributes to increasing tourist movement and its arrival to 30 million tourists in light of the vision of the Egyptian state and in a manner befitting the historical status of the establishment of the Egyptian civil aviation sector more than 92 years ago.
The minister said that the aviation industry is one of the critical industries that is affected by many variables and challenges that may affect it, such as natural phenomena and others, which greatly affect the take-off and landing of planes, and cost great losses that are not borne by the passenger, but by the airlines.
Lieutenant-General Muhammad Abbas stressed that the Ministry of Aviation always seeks the best by monitoring the data and requirements of the civil aviation industry market in order to achieve more dynamism for air traffic in accordance with market economics, adding that the Ministry of Aviation encourages private airlines through achieving integration between them and EgyptAir.