EgyptAir, the largest airline in Africa, is the flag carrier airline of Egypt.
The airline operates scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, but it no longer services the country of Israel. More than that, EgyptAir has completely wiped Israel off the face of its route map.
Praveen Swami of the UK’s Telegraph reports on March 25, 2011:
Israel has quietly dropped off Egypt Air’s route map this week.
The airline’s explanation is that “flights to Tel Aviv are operated by Air Sinai, which is a separate company.” It explains that “our website exclusively show destinations to which our own EA flights travel to.”
I’ve been unable to find a phone number, website or postal address for Air Sinai. That’s because it doesn’t seem to exist. Wikipedia states it “ceased airline operations in its own right in 2002 and operates as a ‘paper airline’ for its parent company, Egypt Air.”
Like a fair few other people, I suspect, I’m wondering if this is a sign of things to come in the Egypt-Israel relationship, because of the growing influence of people who would like to see Israel erased from maps, not just route maps.
Egyptians who backed the movement against Hosni Mubarak, the country’s unlamented former ruler, are beginning to realise that the revolution they sacrificed so much for isn’t headed quite where they’d expected.
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To verify the information for myself, I went onto EgyptAir’s website to see if I could book a flight to or from anywhere in Israel. The website asks which country I’m located in (presumably, my flight’s point-of origin) or which country is my destination. I discovered that Israel isn’t even listed among EygptAir’s list of countries. It’s not as if Israel is far away: the flight distance between Tel Aviv, Israel, and Cairo, Egypt, is only 251 miles — shorter than that between San Francisco, California, and Reno, Nevada.
For readers who are acquainted with occult symbolism, it should be of some interest that EgyptAir’s logo is Horus, the sky deity in ancient Egyptian mythology.