People evacuated from Egypt pick up their luggage from outside Larnaca airport terminal, Cyprus, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. They were among 42 people evacuated from Cairo aboard a U.S. military plane. Most of the 42 were U.S. citizens working at embassies including South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ukraine and Russia, but several were third country nationals – also employees at U.S. embassies – who were in Cairo for a conference.
US set to fly thousands of Americans from Egypt
WASHINGTON – The State Department is set to evacuate U.S. citizens from Egypt on chartered planes, but is relying largely on friends and families in the U.S. to relay that information to stranded Americans.
The charters were flying out of Cairo and Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs said the U.S. was looking at Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Nicosia, Cyprus, as destinations.
The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus said the first flights were expected to arrive there early Monday.
Jacobs told reporters Sunday that she expects it will take several flights over the coming days to handle the number of Americans who want to leave Egypt, where rioters are threatening to overturn the ruling regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Jacobs acknowledged that Internet interruptions in Egypt are making it difficult for Americans there to get information about the evacuations. But she said they have been able to get information from people in the United States who do have access to State Department and embassy websites….AP
First chartered flight carrying Americans out of Egypt expected to arrive in Cyprus
CYPRUS, Nicosia (AP) — Officials on Cyprus say a chartered flight evacuating U.S. citizens out of Egypt is expected to arrive soon on the island.
Countries sent planes Monday to evacuate their citizens from the unrest in Egypt, where rioters are threatening to overturn the ruling regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Larnaca Airport spokesman Adamos Astris says the first chartered aircraft with Americans is expected around 1030GMT, later than initially planned due to heavy traffic at Cairo Airport…AP