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MP files Oral Question over EgyptAir dropping out from best Arab, African airliners

House of Representatives member Hanaa Anis Rizkallah filed an Oral Question with the house for Civil Aviation Minister, regarding the causes behind EgyptAir dropping out from the list of the top 10 Arab and African airliners based on the Skytrax classification.

In her request, Rizkallah said: “The national company (EgyptAir) has been facing great challenges in recent years, the most difficult since its inception, starting with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, which incurred losses to airlines around the world estimated at US$314 billion, according to international reports.”

“The situation was no better for EgyptAir, as the company incurred wide losses after witnessing a 66 percent drop in travel traffic.”

Rizkallah added that EgyptAir has incurred losses estimated at about LE 30 billion since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic until the end of 2022, and the company’s monthly losses ranged between US$ 700,000 and $800,000.

“What EgyptAir witnessed, in terms of challenges, are almost similar to Arab and African airlines, and we find that our national company came out of the list of the 100 best companies in the world according to the classification of Skytrax, which included 11 Arab companies,” she explained.

Rizkallah said that the Skytrax classification is one of the most important classifications concerned with the air transport industry, as the quality of services is one of the most important criteria on which it is based.

She added, “At the level of African airlines, we find that EgyptAir declined a lot and came at the bottom of the list, preceded by the Ethiopian company.”

Rizkallah stressed that EgyptAir was one of the leading companies in the world, and when it was established in 1932 it became the seventh carrier airline in the world.

The company is in dire need of regaining its leadership in the Arab, African and international rankings,  she lamented.

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