A statement issued by the CAA said, the flights included two ferrying 320 Egyptians to Sohag, one with 305 Egyptians heading to Cairo, two carrying 290 Egyptians to Assiut and one carrying 145 Egyptians to Alexandria.

The flights were organized by Kuwait Airways, Air Cairo, Air Arabia Egypt, Kuwait Jazeera Airways and FlyEgypt.

On Tuesday 785 Egyptians stuck in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic left Kuwait to Cairo and Sohag on board 5 flights.


Chairman of EgyptAir Holding Roshdi Zakaria stated in 30 July, that the airline operated 425 exceptional flights to repatriate around 77,000 passengers, who got stuck abroad due to COVID-19 outbreak and the suspension of international passenger flights as a protective measure.

Roshdy said in a phone-in that the company was ready to carry home more citizens if requested.

Since international aviation has been suspended on March 19, more than 30,000 Egyptians have been brought home on exceptional flights. The beginning was with stranded citizens who were in visits or temporary stays in foreign countries. Currently, the repatriation of expats who have been terminated, particularly in Gulf countries, is underway.

Repatriated citizens used to be quarantined in Marsa Alam hotels at their own expense or university dorms at the state's expense for 14 days but now they have to self-isolate at home for the same duration.

This comes while Egypt plans to resume international flights starting July 1 amid strict preventive measures, including inspecting Egyptian airports continuously and providing them with a system of thermal cameras to detect the temperature of passengers and continuing comprehensive sterilization and disinfection work, as well as applying social distancing among travelers and obliging everyone to wear masks.

Procedures shall also include sterilizing all planes before and after each flight and making sure all passengers wear facemasks inside the plane. Also, places in the plane were allocated for people with chronic diseases who cannot put on masks for long time, while the last two rows in each plane will be allocated to isolate passengers who may show some symptoms of infectious diseases.