Manchester is to become the only city in the UK outside London to have a direct air link to Cairo.

EgyptAir is to start flying five times a week from Manchester airport from July 15.

Egypt’s capital has not been served from Manchester since the summer of 2015.

Flights using 154-passenger Boeing 737-800NG aircraft will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Airport managing director Chris Woodroofe said:

“Having a direct route to Cairo is fantastic news for travellers in our region, giving them a straightforward means of visiting one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

“This link also offers businesses in our region access to a fast-growing market and adds another in-demand route to our growing network, cementing our place as the UK’s global gateway in the north.”

EgyptAir chairman and chief executive Mohamed Moussa said:

“Manchester is one of the largest airports in the UK and is increasingly one of the most in-demand destinations for our customers.

“Egyptair delivers its customers seamless connections to Egypt’s top leisure and touristic destinations – namely Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada – with a number of daily frequencies to meet the needs of the leisure travellers.

“In addition, being a main hub to Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, Cairo International airport offers various connections to passengers from Manchester to explore the world, with Egyptair serving more than 70 destinations worldwide.”