Statement on EgyptAir flight MS181 by Egyptian Minister of Tourism

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Commenting on the EgyptAir flight MS181 attempted hijacking, H.E. the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Yehia Rashed, stated:

“Earlier this morning there was an attempted hijack of EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo. All passengers and crew are safe and the attempt ended peacefully with Cypriot officials arresting the individual concerned.

“We congratulate the EgyptAir Captain and his crew for landing the plane safely and for putting the safety of the passengers as a priority, in a highly professional manner and in accordance with international aviation standards.

“The Egyptian Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, was personally involved in helping to resolve this incident and EgyptAir is currently taking the necessary steps to bring back all passengers involved.

“We are assured by passengers on the flight that all security measures at Borg El Arab Airport were fully implemented.

“Egypt’s top priority is always to ensure the security and well-being of all travellers at all times.”