Egyptian state-owned carrier EgyptAir says it will undertake exceptional flights on Tuesday to repatriate its citizens stranded abroad, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, Ahmed Hafez, said in a statement.
Hafez said that Egypt was working closely with Kuwait to bring its stranded citizens home. So far, six flights have been operated to repatriate stranded citizens in Kuwait, he added.
“Priority is given to children and women as there are 270 of them in Kuwait who are waiting to return home,” said Hafez.
In an effort to curtail the spread of Covid-19, the Egyptian government closed its borders and suspended all international flights on March 19.
Meanwhile, according to online news publication Egypt Today, both EgyptAir and Air Cairo will operate 22 exceptional flights to a number of countries around the world to bring back Egyptian citizens.
EgyptAir is scheduled to operate 12 flights to Washington, Beirut, Riyadh, Casablanca, Amsterdam, Moscow, Bahrain, Mumbai, Guangzhou, Johannesburg, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Air Cairo will operate 10 flights to a number of cities, including Frankfurt, Maldives, Algeria, Barcelona, Athens, Belgrade, Kiev, Jakarta and Addis Ababa, reported Egypt Today.
In a statement issued by the State Information Service, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered that the government continue with efforts to bring Egyptians stranded abroad back home under the state’s strategy to counter the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The president met Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli as well as the ministers of foreign affairs, immigration, tourism and civil aviation at the weekend to discuss the situation of non-resident national expatriates stranded abroad, according to the statement.
The meeting also reviewed the preventive measures that are in force to conduct the required medical checks for all Egyptians returning from abroad.