Marsa Alam International Airport - FILE
CAIRO – 14 May 2020: A total of 140 Egyptians stranded in Sudan returned home aboard an AirCairo flight Wednesday in another wave flying the expats from the southern neighbor.
They arrived in Marsa Alam International Airport in southern Egypt and will be quarantined for 14 days.
Egyptian Ambassador in Sudan Hossam Eissa had bidden the nationals farewell at Khartoum International Airport to check on the procedures of bringing them home.
Two flights brought back 212 Egyptians from Khartoum on May 5 and 8. A fourth flight is slated for Tuesday, according to the Middle East News Agency.
Egypt is bracing for the return of more than 16,000 nationals from abroad in the coming period, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Wednesday. He thanked the relevant ministers for their concerted efforts to fly Egyptians abroad back home and establishing quarantines for them upon their return.
The prime minister admitted that the issue has demanded much effort, especially that the number of returning nationals is much higher compared to other countries.
Civil aviation ceased to operate in Egypt on March 19 to counter the spread of Covid-19. Since then, more than 3,000 Egyptians abroad have returned home, according to the Ministry of Emigration on May 9.