Second charter flight for Australians departing Egypt

Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

1 February 2011

The Australian Government has decided to provide a second charter flight out of Cairo to Frankfurt on Thursday 3 February.

Since the announcement of the first charter flight, more than 600 Australians have registered for evacuation assistance.

DFAT is attempting to contact all of those who have registered for assistance to confirm their seats on the aircraft.

Given the challenging environment and instability of telecommunications in Egypt, however, we encourage those who want to travel and have not been contacted to call the DFAT Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (if calling from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (if calling from within Australia on behalf of someone in Egypt) to confirm they still wish to travel.

The first charter flight is scheduled to depart Cairo for Frankfurt on Wednesday 2 February.

Those confirmed for this flight are advised to gather at 9am on Wednesday 2 February at one of two rendezvous points where they will be met by Australian Government officials and transported to the airport.

The two rendezvous points are:

Those taking up the charter option will be responsible for arranging their own onward travel, but Australian Government officials will be available in Frankfurt to assist travellers make arrangements.

Further details on advice for Australians wishing to depart Egypt is available in the DFAT travel bulletin and Egypt travel advice (www.smartraveller.gov.au).