EgyptAir not seriously affected by latest civil unrest

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EgyptAir's operations have not been seriously affected by ongoing civil unrest in the country, according to its corporate communications director.

Speaking at a ceremony organised by the Star Alliance in Addis Ababa to celebrate Ethiopian Airlines' entry into the grouping, EgyptAir director of corporate communications Mohamed Rahma said: "Since July, the situation has not been bad, but it is not optimum."

He said that the current situation was not comparable to the capacity crisis that followed the Egyptian revolution in February, during which the airline's revenues were down by around 80%, operations ran at only 50% and loads ran at about 30%.

EgyptAir offered more international flights in October than in the same month in 2010, as a result of opening new routes including Baghdad and Erbil in Iraq, as well as increasing frequencies from Egypt to the Far East.

Rahma said that in addition to providing more services than before the revolution, the airline would launch routes in its summer 2012 schedule which it had initially intended to operate during summer 2011.

These include Kigali in Rwanda, Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Toronto in Canada. He said that the Egyptian flag carrier is also studying the possibility of opening a route to Washington from Cairo.

In addition, Rahma said that EgyptAir would resume routes to Tokyo and Osaka in its summer schedule for 2012, which it had temporarily suspended due to the crises experienced by Egypt and Japan during 2011.