Air deal awaits take-off

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 July, 1999, 12:00am

Direct air flights between Hong Kong and Egypt are on the horizon thanks to a bilateral agreement signed between the two governments.

EgyptAir, the country's national carrier, is hoping to offer twice-weekly directs flight to Cairo as soon as possible, according to Daniel & Co, the airline's general sales agent for Southeast Asia.

Amy Lee, Daniel & Co's ticketing manager, said about 8,000 Hong Kong tourists travelled to Egypt annually, mainly on package tours through Dubai and Bahrain.

She said the availability of direct flights could increase business by as much as 10 per cent. The flight to Cairo takes 10 hours.

'Egypt is a country which has a lot to offer and it is becoming increasingly popular with Hong Kong tourists. With increasing business ties between the two countries we also see a good potential for business travellers,' Ms Lee said.

Karnak, the tourism division of EgyptAir, is offering an eight-day, seven-night guided tour. The tour takes in Cairo, the Pyramids, the Citadel, the Mohamed Ali Mosque, the temples of Karnak and Luxor and a Nile cruise.