The new flights could open the door for more collaborative touristic projects between the two countries.
Cyprus’ national airline, Cobalt Air, has announced that it will launch four weekly direct flights to-and-from Cairo starting as early as this November. Speaking to Al Shorouk, Elhamy Elzayat, the airline company representative in Egypt, said that all necessary paperwork has been presented to the Egyptian Civilian Airline Authority.
Elzayat also revealed that, due to the regularity of British tourism to Cyprus, the new direct flights could allow for yet-to-be-specified joint programs between Egypt and Cyprus with a view to strengthening British tourism to Cairo.
Having launched in 2015, Cobalt Air is one of two national Cypriot airlines that were founded following the dissolution of Cyprus Airways and stands as the second largest airline at its base at Larnaca International Airport. However, it is expected to overtake Aegean to become the country's largest airline by the end of this summer, thanks in part to expansions like the new Egypt flights.
The announcement is one of the latest to come out of growing Egyptian-Cypriot relations. Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania El Mashat, met the Ministers of Tourism of Cyprus and Greece in a fair in Berlin last March and discussed starting a Mediterranean cruise project. The meeting resulted in a task force to study the feasibility of this collaborative project.
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