After a long wait, EgyptAir, state-owned airline of Egypt, is set to begin its regular flight operations to Bangladesh on May 14.
According to EgyptAir, the airline initially planned to operate two weekly flights between Dhaka and Cairo.
District Manager of Egypt Air Mostafa Magdy Hussain Elkady, and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Egypt Air Bangladesh office Farhad Hossain met State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali at his office on Tuesday.
They discussed the celebration of the launching of bilateral air connectivity between Egypt and Bangladesh.
During the meeting, Mahbub Ali said the start of EgyptAir flight operations in Bangladesh is a milestone in the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.
“As EgyptAir commences, its direct flights between Dhaka and Cairo will offer a great opportunity for different stakeholders intending to visit Egypt, Europe, and North America via Cairo, and would reflect exchanging businesses, cargoes, and also facilitate Bangladeshi students studying in Egyptian universities,” he said.
It will help the tourists who would come to explore the multifaceted Egyptian tourism, the state minister said.
Highlighting his country as the cradle of modern civilization, Mostafa Magdy said, "Egypt and EgyptAir welcome tourists and passengers from Bangladesh to enjoy the Egyptian hospitality and various cultural heritage.”
He also discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Egypt through trade, tourism, and investment.
Farhad Hossain said that commencing of the flights on this route would boost tourism, trade, and business between the two countries.
The airline will operate flights to and from Dhaka twice weekly on Sunday and Wednesday with brand-new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Now, Egypt Air will become the sole operator of nonstop flights between Egypt and Bangladesh in the aviation history of Bangladesh, he added.
EgyptAir hopes the nonstop service will further boost leisure travel between the two countries and connect traffic through Cairo to the airline's onward destinations, such as the USA, Canada, Middle East, and Africa.
EgyptAir operates flights to over 80 destinations, including the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States, with a fleet of 69 modern aircraft.