Egypt denies easyJet access to Cairo
easyJet has been denied access to Cairo International Airport by Egyptian authorities, who are reportedly against the airline’s low-cost services (Dow Jones Newswires, 30-May-2011). The UK and Egypt last year expanded a bilateral agreement, which raised the number of weekly slots on the London to Cairo or Alexandria routes to 14 slots from 11, which are split between British Airways, Lufthansa (bmi) and Egyptair. Egypt reportedly wants easyJet to add a second class of services on board its aircraft and cease selling food and beverages. easyJet already operates to Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor and Hurghada in Egypt, which come under the open-skies agreement and do not require approval from Egypt’s civil aviation body.