Egypt’s largest private airline, Nile Air, became the second largest airline in Cairo, while state-owned EgyptAir took the first spot, making this the first time that both the first and second spots be Egyptian airlines, according to the latest report by the UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG.
Nile Air, the biggest private airline in Egypt, operates almost 500 flights a month from Cairo with year-round scheduled services to over 20 international and domestic destinations, with a year-on-year growth of 32%. This is expected to grow even further in the near future.
Over the last year, the airline has been focusing on the growth of international and domestic tourism to be in line with government strategies, launching scheduled domestic services between Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, and Aswan, in addition to the company’s further expansion plans aiming to add further destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
“Since its first flight in March 2011, Nile Air has remained committed to the development of air travel from Cairo and Egypt as a whole. Over the last six years, we have opened new routes to locations never served before and added flights to key regional cities where demand exceeded current offering,” said Ahmed Aly, the CEO of Nile Air.
Moreover, Nile Air flights increased by 18%, going from 87 weekly flights to 115, ranking just below Egypt Air. Beyond Cairo, Nile Air operates a base at the Borg Al-Arab Airport to serve Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, along with the Delta region and the North Coast. The company also has plans to expand and cover all major towns and cities in the country, according to the OAG report.