After being suspended for approximately seven years, Taba International Airport received on Sunday its first aircraft since, an Alexandria Airlines flight.
Taba Heights Resort, owned by Orascom Development Egypt (OD), celebrated the event, describing it as an important step to activate tourism in the charming city and return it to normalcy.
The closure of Taba International Airport affected the tourism movement in the region. Since its closure, OD repeatedly called for EgyptAir to fly at least once a week to Taba, as the airport’s closure caused great losses for the region. The company had used Jordanian airports and Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to transport its tourists to Taba, according to the senior owner representative of Taba Heights Resort, Emad El Trabishy.
El Trabishy noted that the airport’s opening for receiving flights will revive tourism in the region and attract more nationalities, easing their visit to Taba instead of arriving at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport and then taking more than two hours by land to arrive in Taba.
For his part, Khaled Bichara, CEO of Orascom Development, praised the efforts exerted by South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda and Minister of Civil Aviation Younes El-Masry. He also commended Alexandria Airlines which took the initiative to fly the first flight.
Taba Heights is a tourist city with a total area of 4.27m sqm, 2.56m sqm of which has been developed. Taba Heights is located in the city of Taba, a small town near the northern side of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula, about 200 km from Sharm El-Sheikh and 20 km south of Eilat. Taba Heights is just 25 km away from Taba International Airport.