1,200 stranded Egyptians leave Kuwait back home on 8 flights

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 - 02:57 GMT

EgyptAir sets prices for upcoming Umrah flights - Press photo

EgyptAir sets prices for upcoming Umrah flights - Press photo

CAIRO - 30 June 2020: Kuwait Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Tuesday that 1,200 stranded Egyptians left the Gulf country for their homeland on board eight flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the CAA said four flights carrying 635 passengers headed for Cairo, two for the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag with 275 passengers on board and one for Assiut with 145 on board.

Another flight left for the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and ferried 145 Egyptians.

The flights were operated by Kuwaiti Airways, Kuwait's Al Jazeera Airlines, Nile Egypt and FlyEgypt. On Monday, 1,045 stranded Egyptians left for home on board six flights.

Egypt suspended international aviation on March 19 as a protective measure against COVID-19 repatriating - on exceptional flights - since then around 30,000 Egyptians stuck abroad. The beginning was with citizens who were in visits or temporary stays. Later, authorities have been bringing home expats who lost their jobs, particularly in Gulf countries.

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