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FOXNews Live gives travelers in Egypt tips on how to get home

Earlier today I was a guest on FOXNews LIVE in the segment, “Brings Travelers Home from Egypt.” I was able to share the great news with Anchor Arthell Neville that every Friendly Planet traveler who was in Egypt will be safely back in the U.S. today.

In fact, since the interviewed aired, the EgyptAir flight carrying our 26 travelers touched down at JFK International Airport late this afternoon. I’m letting out a big exhale right now. Welcome home travelers!

Although our travelers are back in the U.S., it doesn’t mean our work is over. A lot of other travelers are still trying to get on planes out of Egypt. I talked to Arthell about what travelers in Egypt and their families at home can do to ensure they get on a flight out of Egypt.

Go ahead and hit play to watch the segment. Thanks Arthell for having me on as a guest. I hope we were able to bring some valuable information to travelers who need it the most right now.

The Christian Science Monitor looks at the worried families of travelers in Egypt

With the protests in Egypt turning violent, family and friends with loved ones in Egypt are getting increasingly nervous about their safety.

Gloria Goodale, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, covered this concern in her article, “Egypt protests from afar: Americans wait nervously for loved ones’ return.”

I spoke to Gloria about the work Friendly Planet Travel has been doing since the protests erupted to secure the safe arrival of our travelers in Egypt back in the U.S. She was kind enough to include this information in her article.

Thankfully, after days of nonstop work, Friendly Planet travelers are on their way home today. But thousands of other Americans are still waiting to get on a plane, which is nerve wracking for family members. Flip over to the article now to read how families are coping. Thanks again Gloria for including Friendly Planet Travel in your article.

Friendly Planet travelers in Egypt are en route to the US

This post has been updated here.

Early this morning, every Friendly Planet traveler in Egypt arrived at the Cairo Airport and boarded a nonstop EgyptAir flight to JFK International Airport in New York.

Walaa, a Friendly Planet Travel tour guide who has been with the travelers since the protests in Egypt erupted, accompanied them to the airport.

He called me at 2:30 a.m. to tell me that everyone was on the flight and en route to New York. The flight is expected to land at 3:51 p.m. I can’t thank Walaa enough for staying with our travelers throughout this entire situation.

We’re really glad to be at this point, but we’re going to wait until the plane touches down before we exhale. Stay tuned to the blog, Twitter, and Facebook. I’ll update you as soon as our travelers arrive home.

Egypt protests intensify; Friendly Planet travelers in Egypt to depart on Feb. 3

This post has been updated here.

The protests in Egypt intensified with the news that President Hosni Mubarak will step down from power, but not until the end of his term in September. Supporters of Mubarak and anti-government protesters clashed in Tahrir Square Wednesday over the announcement.

But amid this bad news, I have good news to share. Friendly Planet travelers in Egypt will be leaving Cairo on a nonstop, EgyptAir flight for JFK International Airport on Feb. 3. Until then, Friendly Planet travelers will continue to stay in at Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis.

Below is the e-mail I sent to their emergency contacts last night detailing the decision to book the EgyptAir flight and how they will be accommodated until they depart. We worked 24/7 to make these arrangements for our travelers, and I’m so happy that they’ll be back in U.S. within the next day.

I’ll share more updates with you on the situation in Egypt as they unfold on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook. And stay tuned, I’ll tell you what to do about rescheduling or cancelling an upcoming trip to Egypt in my next blog post.


We would like to update you regarding your family and friends still in Egypt. At present, our group remains at the Fairmont Heliopolis. Early this morning (Cairo time) the group was offered three options for leaving Egypt. The options were:

1. A Viking Cruises-organized charter flight from Cairo to Frankfurt.
2. US Government-organized evacuation flights to Malta, Cyprus, Athens and other European locations.
3. Confirmed space on Thursday, Feb. 3 via EgyptAir non-stop service to JFK.

The group unanimously voted to remain in Cairo until Feb. 3, when they could depart via EgyptAir direct to the USA. The other two options were less attractive to the group due to the unknown costs associated with getting from Europe to the USA. The cost of the Viking charter was $600 per person plus the cost of getting from Frankfurt to the USA, plus hotel and meal expenses if overnight accommodations in Frankfurt were necessary. The cost of the US Government flights is unknown, and as with Frankfurt, the cost of getting from the European cities to the USA plus potential hotel expenses also should be considered.

The EgyptAir appeared to be the best option, as the ticket is already covered by the original EgyptAir ticket from our tour, and the extra nights at the Fairmont hotel are being covered from the refund of services our travelers are due. Thus, if all goes well, you will be seeing your loved ones very soon. And in the meantime, our travelers are comfortable at the Fairmont Hotel, with two provided meals daily as well as their hotel accommodations.

Telephone service remains difficult, although the land lines seem to work better than cell phone service. The internet remains a huge problem. We have not been able to communicate via the internet since it was cut last Thursday.

Our Egypt representatives remain with the group at all times, so they have local assistance if needed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance to you. In the meantime, we will continue to update you as we receive more information.

Cordially,

Peggy M. Goldman
President
Friendly Planet Travel

Egypt update: Friendly Planet travelers awaiting evacuation

This post has been updated here.

When I updated you last night on the situation in Egypt, I told you that the Friendly Planet travelers in Egypt were on the Nile cruise ship en route to Aswan where they would be flown back to the Cairo airport. They flew back to Cairo and are staying at the luxury Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis near the airport awaiting evacuation.

If you have family or friends in Egypt with Friendly Planet Travel and want to get in touch with them, you can reach them at the hotel. Here is the contact information:

Tel: +20 22 267 7730
Fax: +20 22 267 7600
E-mail: heliopolis@fairmont.com

But be patient if you can’t get through right away. Most lines are busy, but if you keep trying you will reach the hotel.

We are working to get everyone on flights out of Egypt, either on U.S.-organized evacuation flights or via EgyptAir, which is once again flying as usual. We are even looking into chartering a plane. Meanwhile, everyone is comfortable at the hotel, still accompanied by bi-lingual staff at all times.

Please be assured that all of us at Friendly Planet Travel, together with everyone at Wings Tours in Egypt, are working 24/7 to maintain the safety of our travelers and to get them home quickly. We will not stop our efforts until every last Friendly Planet traveler has landed in the U.S.

Stay tuned to the blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more updates.

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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