Sudan to reopen Khartoum airport for flights from Egypt, Turkey, UAE

Passengers wait outside the departure terminal at Khartoum airport on May 28, 2019 as aviation professionals take part in a two-day national strike. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait outside the departure terminal at Khartoum airport on May 28, 2019. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday decided to reopen Khartoum airport for passenger flights from Egypt, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“This decision comes in line with the decision of the Higher Committee for Health Emergencies relating to gradual return to normal life,” said Ibrahim Adlan, director of the Civil Aviation Authority, in a statement.

“Egypt, Turkey and the UAE have announced opening of their airports to air traffic, which allows Sudan to communicate with them via national airlines or through the airlines companies in these countries,” he added.

Adlan further explained that all passengers arriving at the Khartoum airport should follow the protocol of the Health Ministry, while Sudanese nationals or expats will have to go through medical examination procedures at the airport.

On March 16, Sudan decided to close all airports and border crossings in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision exempted scheduled cargo flights, humanitarian and technical aid flights, as well as flights of the companies operating oil fields and those for evacuating foreign nationals.

On July 7, the authorities in the Sudanese capital Khartoum announced the start of a gradual return to normal life disrupted by the pandemic since March.