New Egyptian airport opens for domestic trial run

The new Sphinx International Airport (SPX) in western Cairo saw its first regular domestic flight as part of a trial operation of the airport, Egypt’s Ahram Online reported Saturday (January 26th).

Minister of Civil Aviation Younes al-Masry and Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat attended the ceremony to launch the flight from Sphinx to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The airport aims to alleviate pressure on Cairo International Airport, in eastern Cairo, and to serve tourists visiting the pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2020, a ministry statement said.

Saturday’s flight was one of 30 scheduled by EgyptAir through February 9th from SPX to the domestic airports of Sharm al-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor and Aswan.

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