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Top 10 airlines in Egypt

The aviation industry in Egypt contributes significantly to the country's GDP. EgyptAir operates scheduled services to 81 destinations.
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The Egyptian airlines play a significant economic role in the country. According to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air transport facilitates the flow of goods, investment, and people, which is essential for the economy. The aviation industry in Egypt contributes significantly to the country's GDP, with EgyptAir being the largest airline in the country.

The airline industry also creates employment opportunities for the locals, which is crucial for the country's economic growth. EgyptAir is self-financing without any financial backing by the Egyptian government, and it wholly owns EgyptAir Express and Air Sinai. The airline also has stakes in other companies such as Air Cairo, Smart Aviation Company, and LSG Sky Chefs Catering Egypt.

The airline industry in Egypt has been growing, with new airlines such as Air Arabia Egypt and Nile Air entering the market. The airlines provide affordable and efficient services, which have contributed to the growth of the tourism industry in Egypt. The most important airlines operating in Egypt are:

EgyptAir: It is the state-owned flag carrier of Egypt and the largest airline in the country with scheduled passenger traffic and in terms of fleet size. It operates scheduled passenger and freight services to 81 destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and The Americas.

Air Arabia Egypt: It is a low-cost airline in Egypt that is based in Alexandria. Its parent company, Air Arabia, is the leading low-cost airline in the Middle East. It offers a timely and efficient service with well-educated and excellently trained cabin crew.

Air Cairo: It is a subsidiary of the national EgyptAir and is a low-fare airline based in Cairo, Egypt. It covers most of the popular routes in and around Egypt.

Nile Air: It is an Egyptian private airline with an all-Airbus fleet. Established in 2008, Nile Air owns the newest fleet with modern Airbus aircraft. It has been ranked the third-best airline in Egypt, after EgyptAir and Egyptian.
CompanyFoundedCompany description
1932Egyptair is one of the world’s pioneer airlines. Established in May of 1932, it became the seventh carrier in the world.
2011Nile Air is an Egyptian private airline offering integrated services in the field of air transport.
2003Air Cairo is a low-fare airline based in Cairo, Egypt. The airline is part owned by Egyptair.
1945Saudi Arabian Airlines is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SAUDIA started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3.
2003Air Arabia, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is the Middle East and North Africa’s leading low-cost carrier flying to over 155 destinations.
1985Based in Dubai, the Emirates Group employs over 103,363 staff from more than 160 nationalities.
2015FlyEgypt with a dream of putting destinations within people’s reach at affordable fares, enabling people to discover the world.
1997Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar. We serve more than 160 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.
2003We’ve come a long way since our journey started in 2003,and we’re delighted to have been able to share our worldwide adventure with millions of guests
1933Thanks to our flight network, our modern fleet, the travel experience that elevates the standards we offer passengers, we maintain a success story.

This compilation of the companies has been made to the best of our knowledge and belief. We have made every effort to obtain the information from reliable and up-to-date sources and to reproduce it as accurately as possible. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the information. We are grateful for additions and corrections, which you are welcome to send to The selection of companies is based on the number of employees, the revenue, and the number of online visitors.