New opportunities for tourism in Bangladesh emerge as the state-owned carrier EgyptAir plans to operate the first-ever direct flights on the Dhaka-Cairo route from May 14, 2023. With these new Bangladesh-Egypt direct flights, Bangladeshi tourists can now easily enjoy the amazing historical sites of Egypt.
Mostafa Magdy Elkady, the Bangladesh District Manager of EgyptAir, said to a news portal, “We have received many queries regarding direct flight connectivity between Egypt and Bangladesh. Bangladeshis are fascinated to see the historical tourist attractions of Egypt in Alexandria, Giza and many other historical sites.”
“Now, we are launching direct flights to cater to their travel needs. Hence, EgyptAir is aiming to facilitate plenty of tourists to travel, first from Dhaka to Cairo, then to Giza, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and many other points in Egypt,” Elkady mentioned.
In 2022, international air traffic to and from Bangladesh hit the highest in four years, over 90 lacs, even higher than the pre-pandemic situation, as per reports.
This rise has led the industry official to believe that the Dhaka-Cairo-Dhaka route will bear promising fruits in no time, especially when Egypt has gems like the Great Pyramids, Luxor, Aswan and so much more to offer to its visitors.
“We are very optimistic about the first ever direct flight between Dhaka and Cairo by EgyptAir. We expect this route to be very successful,” Elkady claimed.
Syed Ali Samy, the CEO of EgyptAir GSA in Bangladesh, said, “Bangladeshi travellers will now be able to enjoy a kind of tourism that is truly unique and unparalleled in nature.”
In the beginning, EgyptAir will operate two weekly flights on the Dhaka-Cairo-Dhaka route from May 14, 2023, and soon the airline will launch its holiday wing EgyptAir Holidays. The holiday wing is aimed at offering travellers unique full-board packages.
Syed Ali Samy said in this regard, “We are coming up with affordable packages for all kinds of travellers.”
The airline will be operating the first-ever direct flights on the Bangladesh-Egypt route with the brand-new wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which can comfortably make space for over 300 passengers. It also features a large cargo space which can be used to carry goods cargo in the Dhaka-Cairo-Dhaka route.
From April 2022, Egypt started allowing visas on arrival to Bangladeshi travellers who already have visas for the USA, the UK, Canada, Shenzhen, Australia, Japan, or New Zealand. Others interested in travelling to Egypt can apply to the Embassy in Dhaka for a visa.
On the maiden flight on the Dhaka-Cairo-Dhaka route on May 14, EgyptAir will be offering a 50% discount on air tickets for all passengers.
Elkady said, “Besides Egypt, we would like to connect Bangladeshis to onward destinations in the airline’s network such as New York, Toronto, Jeddah, Medina, Amman, and Europe as we see a great potential of onward travel to these destinations by Bangladeshis”.