“We still won’t let our crew stay overnight in Hurghada but we will fly with extra staff onboard so pilots and cabin crew can switch shifts in accordance with the legal working hours and rest periods,” a spokesperson for the airline told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The new measure delayed flights for a few hours on their way back from Egypt and caused outrage among the airline’s passengers. The company was also criticized by tour operators for their double standards regarding safety of crew and passengers.
The Dutch government currently advises against travel to the Northern half of the Sinai, around cities such as Al-Arish, Suez and Taba, but for popular tourist destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Aswan and Cairo only a warning for ‘safety risks’ is in place.
Transavia is a Dutch low-cost airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM.