FILE - EgyptAir jet - press photo
CAIRO - 31 March 2020: An exceptional EgyptAir flight took off Tuesday from Cairo International Airport to bring home Egyptians stranded in London after the aviation was suspended on March 19 for a month as a protective measure against coronavirus spread.
The passengers will take off from Heathrow Airport to the Egyptian capital in the evening. State-owned Air Cairo flew two exceptional flights from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to London in order to send back home tourist groups that were still in Egypt, and bring back around 300 Egyptians, who were stuck in the British capital.
Since the aviation suspension started, EgyptAir has operated flights to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Oman, and France to transport Egyptians who want to return to their homeland.
Egypt suspended international flights on March 19 for 15 days but the duration was extended to another 15 days as a protective measure against coronavirus outbreak. Yet, domestic and cargo flights continue operation.
Tourists who had arrived before that date were allowed to continue their programs and leave on previously scheduled dates. On March 23, all museums and archaeological sites were shut down so travel agencies had to reschedule their programs accordingly.
Red Sea hotels and resorts were instructed to quarantine workers for 14 days starting the check-out date of the last tourist. In parallel, all tourism establishments would be sterilized during the aviation suspension.