From the Potomac River to the Nile River: EgyptAir adds nonstop service from Dulles to Cairo


The ancient city of Cairo along the banks of the Nile River, will soon be much easier to explore. On June 3, EgyptAir will start nonstop service to Cairo International Airport (CAI) from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Now available for booking, the new route will be operated three times per week aboard Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that will have 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats.

The departing flights from the Washington, DC area will run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; and the returning flights from Cairo will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The flights will operate on the following schedule:

  • MS982 is scheduled to depart IAD at 1200 local time and to land at CAI at 0450 local time the next day after a 10 hour 50 minute flight.
  • MS981 is scheduled to depart CAI at 2300 local time and to land at IAD at 0510 local time the next day after a 12 hour 10 minute flight.

“The addition of EgyptAir to the Dulles Airport family gives passengers a new choice for traveling nonstop from Washington to the Middle East and beyond,” said Jerome L. Davis, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “This is an exciting addition to the array of worldwide travel options to and from Dulles International Airport – route networks unrivaled by any other airport in the National Capital Region.”

“As part of EgyptAir’s ambitious plan to reach new horizons around the world, Washington Dulles International Airport will serve as a strategic hub for the airline in the United States, complementing and further integrating our network of more than 70 nonstop destinations around the globe,” said Captain Ahmed Adel, EGYPTAIR Holding Company chairman and chief executive officer.

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt with a metropolitan area that is the 15th largest in the world. Its top attraction include the Egyptian Museum, the Al-Azhar Mosque, and the nearby Pyramids of Giza. More information about visiting Cairo is available from the Egyptian Tourism Authority.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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