Egyptair has set its sights on expanding its transcontinental reach by applying to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authorization to operate scheduled passenger, cargo, and mail flights between Cairo (CAI) and Los Angeles (LAX)
The airline’s request for waiver authority aims to secure the green light for this new route, with the desired duration being two years or as directed by the Department. This strategic move comes as a continuation of Egyptair’s journey in the United States, where it commenced operations in 1986 with services to New York. Presently, the airline operates from John F. Kennedy Airport, Washington – Dulles, and Newark, holding the distinction of being the sole carrier offering non-stop flights between Egypt and the United States.
Pending approval from the DOT, Egyptair anticipates commencing its operations to Los Angeles in October 2023. The introduction of this service will not only reconnect Los Angeles with Africa but also re-establish the city’s status as a hub connected to six continents. Notably, the last such operation connecting Los Angeles and Africa was Ethiopian Airlines’ service via Addis Ababa and Lome, which ceased operations during the summer of 2019.
Currently, Egyptair’s U.S. summer schedule includes daily flights to New York’s JFK Airport operated on Boeing 777-300ERs, along with three weekly flights on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to Washington – Dulles and Newark. In total, the airline offers a substantial weekly seat capacity of 8,552 seats connecting Egypt and the United States.
Continuing to expand its global footprint, Egyptair is proactively enhancing its hub at Cairo International Airport with fresh connections to various continents. Recent additions to its network include non-stop flights to Delhi and Manchester, while plans are underway to recommence flights to Tokyo/Narita and initiate charter flights to Sao Paulo/Guarulhos.