Turkish official denies requesting more flights to Egypt

Turkish Airlines operates 21 weekly flights to Cairo, seven to Alexandria, four to Sharm el-Sheikh and three to Hurghada.

Turkish official denies requesting more flights to Egypt

World Bulletin/News Desk

The head of the Turkish Airlines in Cairo denied late Thursday submitting any request to Egyptian authorities to increase the number of flights to Egypt.

"No such request has been submitted to Egyptian aviation authorities," Muhiddin Ibrahimoglu told Anadolu Agency.

He said Turkish Airlines operates 21 weekly flights to Cairo, seven to Alexandria, four to Sharm el-Sheikh and three to Hurghada.

"We have not asked for more flights," Ibrahimoglu insisted.

Civil Aviation Minister Abdel-Aziz Fadel said earlier today that his ministry had turned down a Turkish request to increase the number of Turkish air flights to Egypt.

Turkey, he said, had submitted an official request to his ministry for talks on increasing the number of Turkish flights to Egypt.

The minister said they had rejected the request since the move would not bring any additional benefits to Egypt.

Turkey used to fly a total of 16 flights to Cairo each week before former President Mohamed Morsi – ousted by Egypt's military on July 3 – increased the numbers to 21 under an agreement that will remain in effect until October 31.

"The agreement will be reconsidered once it comes to an end," Fadel said.

"We will take the decision that best serves Egypt's interests, national carrier EgyptAir and its affiliate companies."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Eylül 2013, 21:21

Muhammed Öylek

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