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Egypt unrest could impact aviation in region

Egypt unrest could impact aviation in region

An aviation think tank warns that continuing unrest in Egypt and other countries could have a profound impact on civil aviation in the region.
The Center for Asia Pacific Aviation said Tuesday the political instability engulfing Egypt and Tunisia could spread to other states in the Middle East, one of the fastest-growing parts of the world in terms of air travel.
A total of 79 carriers serve Egypt, "meaning many airlines will be touched by this crisis," said a report from the Sydney-based center.
Egyptair, which carries accounts for 37 percent of passengers to and from Egypt, will be worst hit as tourism drops and as business travel is cut back. But the Middle East's major aviation hubs, such as Dubai, also could be affected if foreign travelers stay away.