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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Change: EgyptAir takes Israel off the map

How's this for change?
Egypt Air, the largest airline in Egypt, has removed Israel from the map – literally. On its website, Ynet has learned, Jordan's land reaches the Mediterranean Sea.

The airline's subsidiary, Air Sinai, flies to Israel regularly, but customers seeking flights to Ben Gurion National Airport will have a hard time finding them. On the map are the names of the Mideast capitals – Amman, Beirut, and Damascus – but Israel is nowhere to be found.

Egypt Air is the first large airline to have omitted the state from its map of destinations. Other airlines based in Muslim countries, such as Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian, include Israel and Tel Aviv on its maps.

The omission is especially odd seeing as the company continues to fly to Israel four times a week. Cairo-Tel Aviv flights were temporarily halted following the recent uprising that overturned the government, but were then reinstated.

There has also been an increase in passengers on Air Sinai's flights. According to the Airports Authority, the airline saw an increase of 27% in 2010 from the year previous.
Of course, those travelers were nearly all Israelis or foreigners and very few Egyptians. And now, with Mubarak gone, the cold peace is going to get colder.

What could go wrong?

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At 8:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yup. It looks like Egypt is reverting to the era before it made peace with Israel.

Don't look for relations to warm up any time soon.


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