Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

CAIRO – Egypt reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure.

National carrier EgyptAir said around 2,000 passengers left Cairo’s international airport on 14 international flights yesterday.

Two flights carrying over 350 Ukrainian tourists landed in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada and the major resort and beach destination of Sharm el Sheikh in the southern part of Sinai Peninsula.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said around two dozen museums and tourist sites also received visitors with preventive measures in place against the coronavirus.

They include the Egyptian museum, the Giza Pyramids and the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo, along with the ancient temple of Karnak and the famous Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in the southern city of Luxor.

The government wants to revive the tourism sector, which had showed signs of recovery before the pandemic after years of instability.