Hundreds of Egyptians stuck in Saudi Arabia brought back on exceptional flights Sunday

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Marsa Alam International Airport continues to receive flights carrying Egyptians back home since an air bridge was launched in April - Egypt Today

Marsa Alam International Airport continues to receive flights carrying Egyptians back home since an air bridge was launched in April - Egypt Today

CAIRO – 31 May 2020: Two exceptional flights operated by EgyptAir and Air Cairo carried home 310 Egyptians stranded in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The flights landed in Cairo International Airport as the passengers will be quarantined in university dorms.

Two exceptional flights carrying 167 and 174 Egyptians arrived in Marsa Alam from Jeddah on the same day

Marsa Alam International Airport continues to receive flights carrying Egyptians back home since an air bridge was launched in April to return all stranded nationals from different countries.

Marsa Alam Airport has received more than 10,000 stranded Egyptians from different countries since April 3 aboard more than 60 flights operated by EgyptAir and Air Cairo airlines.

A source said that Egyptian returnees came from more than 36 countries worldwide through coordination between ministries, hotel facilities and Tourist Companies chamber, which prepared hotels to host the returnees for one-week quarantine as announced by the country.

The returnees came from: Kuwait, UAE, America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Bahrain, Spain, Algeria, Serbia, Greece, Thailand, Indonesia, Oman, France, South Africa, Maldives, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Russia, Tanzania, Sudan, Iraq, India, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, England, Malaysia, Jordan and Germany.

Medical sources at the Red Sea Health Directorate said that there are more than 8,000 Egyptian returnees left hotels after the end of the quarantine period (14 days), and after the duration was reduced to one week only, more people were discharged.

Dr. Tamer Marei, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, stated that well-trained medical teams receive the returnees once they arrive at the airport.

On Thursday evening, Marsa Alam International Airport received an exceptional flight, coming from the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, carrying 245 Egyptian passengers in the UAE, as part of the exceptional flights carried out by the National EgyptAir and Air Cairo, owned by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to return the stranded abroad in compliance with the instructions of President Sisi.

International aviation has been suspended since March 19 as a protective measure against COVID-19.

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