Nonstop service to Cairo is mandated as part of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, but EgyptAir has operated Air Sinai as a separate carrier without their flag in order to fly to Israel. It’s not easy to actually book those flights either, they operate for token purposes only.
But the Abraham Accords have changed the geopolitics on the ground and when Israeli flight restrictions end, Ben Gurion Airport will feature planes that we could have only dreamed of seeing just 1 year ago, including Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, and Royal Air Maroc.
And now i24news reports that state owned EgyptAir has applied to fly a whopping 21 weekly round-trip flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv! These will be operated by regular flag bearing EgyptAir planes and will open seamless connections throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and beyond.
EgyptAir is a Star Alliance member, so for example you’ll be able to redeem United miles from JFK to Tel Aviv via Cairo on EgyptAir. Plus you can even get a free stopover for as long as you want to explore Cairo’s ancient pyramids and synagogues!
As Air Sinai only exists to fly between Cairo and Tel Aviv, I’d assume that operation will be closed once EgyptAir begins flying.
Will you fly EgyptAir between Cairo and Tel Aviv?