Cairo International Airport received its first flight coming from Mitiga airport in Tripoli, Libya on Saturday after a seven-year hiatus due to turmoil in the neighboring country.
The flight was operated by the Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways, which is based in Tripoli.
Afriqiyah Airways plans to fly nine weekly flights from Libyan airports to Cairo International Airport while adhering to preventive measures against the coronavirus, informed sources said.
This includes abiding by the Egyptian government’s policy of banning visitors from abroad from entering the country until they present a negative PCR test result 72 hours before the flight at most.
This does not include children under six years of age of all nationalities.
The Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority suspended flights between Libya and Cairo in 2014 due to the insecurity and political turbulence that was rampant in Libya in the past seven years.
The announcement to resume flights between Egypt and Libya came during Libya’s Transportation Minister Muhammad Al-Shoubi’s participation in the 11th session of the Libyan-Egyptian Joint Higher Committee earlier this month, according to the Libya Observer.