Saudi low-cost airline flynas has confirmed that it will launch direct flights to the Sphinx International Airport in Egypt starting from June 16, 2023. It will become the first Saudi carrier to operate non-stop flights to the second international airport in Cairo.
flynas will start operating its flights from Jeddah to Sphinx International Airport as of June 16 with 3 planned weekly direct flights.
Services from Riyadh will then follow from July 1st with 3 weekly non-stop flights.
Egypt network expansion
The inauguration of direct flights will make Sphinx International airport the fifth Egyptian destination for the Saudi airline.
flynas is moving forward with its expansion plans in the Egyptian market, in line with the growth and expansion strategy which it formally launched early last year.
“We are pleased to announce operating the direct flights between the Kingdom and Sphinx International Airport, especially while the launch of direct flights between Jeddah and Sphinx Airport comes ahead of the Hajj season for this year.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Egyptian and the Saudi Civil Aviation authorities for their persistent efforts to open up greater connectivity between the two brotherly countries,” said Bander Almohanna, CEO and Managing Director of flynas.
Almohanna acknowledged the bolstering of the airlines network, saying “We already connect Egypt to the Kingdom with more than 100 weekly direct flight.”
“The operation of direct flights to Sphinx International Airport pushes flynas’ expansion plans in the Egyptian market to a new level and will provide our guests with a wide range of direct travel options at affordable prices to major destinations in Egypt,” he added.
flynas connects Egypt to the Kingdom with direct flights from 5 Saudi cities, namely Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, and Al-Ula, to Cairo, Sohag, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Hurghada.
flynas connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations and has flown more than 60 million passengers since its launch in 2007.
It aims to reach 165 domestic and international destinations as part of its commitment to moving forward with its growth and expansion strategy under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom.”
About Sphinx International Airport
Sphinx International Airport (SPX) is a public airport, serving the city of Giza, on the western side of Cairo, Egypt.
It is located on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, 45 kilometres (28 mi) from the pyramids of Giza. The airport has a single runway and a terminal building with a capacity of 1.2 million passengers per year.
Sphinx International Airport was opened in November 2022 to serve tourists visiting Egyptian archaeological sites, mainly the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Giza Pyramids area. It is expected to help to revitalize one-day tourism and ease overcrowding at Cairo International Airport and Great Egyptian Museum.
The airport is currently served by a number of domestic airlines, including Air Cairo, EgyptAir, and Nile Air.
SPX is the second international airport in Cairo. The first international airport in Cairo is Cairo International Airport, which is located in Heliopolis, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of the city centre.
Sphinx International Airport was built to help reduce congestion at Cairo International Airport. It is also expected to help boost tourism in Egypt, as it is located near some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.