Govt looking into airport liquor ban, nighttime closures, says minister
Government officials are weighing the cost effectiveness of banning liquor sales at Egyptian airports and closing the Cairo International Airport at night, said Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maddawy at a news conference.
Officials will attempt to guage the projected loss of income if these measures are adopted, and the impact they would have on revenues and customs.
The minister claimed airport workers, particularly those employed in duty-free shops, were demanding the ban.
When asked about the possible closure of the Cairo airport at night, Maddawy said, “This matter is still being examined, and we have not made a decision on it yet.” Nighttime closures would not be implemented if it would interfere with flight schedules, he added.
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