Egypt’s flag carrier, Egyptair, is set to launch direct flights from Manchester to Cairo from July 15.
The route makes Manchester the only city in the UK outside of London to have a direct link to Egypt’s capital. It has not been served from Manchester since the summer of 2015 and will now give direct access to the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, as well as a fast-growing business market.
The new-route confirms Manchester’s status as The Gateway to the North and presents exciting opportunities for the region by connecting it to one of Africa’s main hubs.
Flights will be operated five times weekly, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, departing at 14:30 from Manchester.
Egyptair will operate the service with its B737-800NG aircraft, which accommodates 154 passengers, including a business class product.
Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director or Manchester Airport said: “Having a direct route to Cairo is fantastic news for travellers in our region, giving them a straightforward means of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
“This link also offers businesses in our region access to a fast-growing market and adds another in-demand route to our growing network, cementing our place as the UK’s global gateway in the North.
“I am sure this service will be really popular with passengers and we look forward to working with Egyptair to deliver a high quality service.”
Mohamed Moussa, chairman and CEO of Egyptair, said: “Manchester is one of the largest airports in the UK and is increasingly one of the most in-demand destinations for our customers.
“In the domestic market, Egyptair delivers its customers seamless connections to Egypt’s top leisure and touristic destinations, namely Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, with a number of daily frequencies to meet the needs of the leisure travellers.”
“In addition, being a main hub to Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, Cairo International Airport offers various connections to passengers from Manchester to explore the world, with Egyptair serving more than 70 destinations worldwide.”