Airline forced to halt all international flights on Friday because of cabin crew action
State-owned EgyptAir said it would resume international flights from Cairo that had been
suspended for most of the day on Friday after reaching a deal with cabin crew
who had gone on strike over pay and conditions.
An Egyptair official said flights would resume at 7pm UAE time. It had
suspended them from 5am.
A second airline official said an adviser to President Mohamed Mursi had
helped convince cabin crew to end the strike at the national carrier after
committing to meeting demands.
A spokesman for the cabin crew, Tamer al-Sioufi, said the strike was called
off after a deal was reached but said the crew would walk out again on Sunday if
it was not fully implemented.
The airlines said it had organised six international flight departures during
the hours of the strike using crews of private airlines. Domestic flights were
not affected by the strike.
Witnesses reported crowds of frustrated passengers. The airline urged
travellers to check before turning up at the airport to confirm when their
flights would depart.