Sun, 05 Jul 2020 - 03:45 GMT
FILE - EgyptAir
CAIRO – 5 July 2020: A flight repatriating 174 Egyptian expats stranded in Qatar landed in Cairo Sunday from Oman, where they were transiting.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation had made an agreement with an Omani airline to carry 3,000 Egyptians from Qatar to Muscat, so they would be later transported to Cairo by EgyptAir and Air Cairo.
Chairman of EgyptAir Holding RoshdiZakaria stated 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.
Citizens, who were in temporary visits or stays, were the first to be repatriated. Later, the exceptional flights started bringing home expats who were terminated, particularly in the Gulf.
Paid quarantine in MarsaAlam hotels and free-of-charge quarantine in university dorms have been substituted with home self-isolation for 14 days. When passengers arrive at the airport, their body temperature is measured.