The request of FlyEgypt to launch the Nis-Hurghada air service has been denied by Serbian aviation authorities, Aviatica learns.
The line was announced by the Egyptian ambassador to Serbia during his visit to the City of Nis in early March. He stated at the time that a permit request had been sent to the Serbian aviation authorities.
Certain local media later reported that the airline in question was Air Cairo, which was already offering flights to Belgrade, but as Aviatica learns, it is in fact FlyEgypt, which filed the request five months ago.
The Civil Aviation Directorate of the Republic of Serbia denied the request back in mid-March, after carrying out the necessary procedure, as they had received an opinion by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Infrastructure saying that the planned flights were not in line with the interstate agreement on air transport between Serbia and Egypt.
The other two Egyptian airlines which maintain regular traffic to Serbia have also had their requests for an increase of the number of flights denied by the Serbian aviation authorities.
As Aviatica learns, Air Cairo and Al Masria both asked to increase the number of flights to Belgrade, Air Cario even wanted to have daily flights. The Civil Aviation Directorate asked them to amend the request in order to be able to obtain the permit and return to the previous year's number of flights: five a week for Air Cairo and two for Al Masria, with the possibility of Al Masria using the wide-body A330 aircraft it had sent to Belgrade in 2018 on those flights as per need.
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