Airport congestion troubles Japanese workers fleeing Egypt

Japanese businesses are rushing to get their employees and their families out of Egypt following President Hosni Mubarak`s announcement not to seek reelection.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 14:18 PM IST

Tokyo: Japanese businesses are rushing to
get their employees and their families out of Egypt following
President Hosni Mubarak`s announcement not to seek reelection,
but many of them have not been able to escape from the
chaotic north African state due to heavy airport congestion,
the companies said on Wednesday.

Major Japanese trader Marubeni Corp said it is looking
for ways to help its employees flee the country, as they are
having trouble securing flights due to congestion at airports.
Meanwhile, Sojitz Corp, also a trading house, said it has not
been able to book flights for its employees either.

Sumitomo Corp, another trader, said it has given priority
to employees with families to leave the country. But it
remained unknown as of Tuesday evening whether they were able
to arrive at local airports.

Nissan Motor Corp confirmed that four of its employees
have evacuated the country, while Hitachi Ltd is planning to
get most of its 20 employees out of Egypt by the end of
Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Corp said it will be closely
watching the political situation and have its employees stay
at home for a while.

Suzuki Motor Corp and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co said they
have not decided when they would resume operations at local
plants, which are temporarily suspended.

Mubarak said in a televised statement on Tuesday he will
not run for reelection in the September presidential election,
after an estimated 1 million or more people rallied across the
country demanding that he immediately step down to end his
30-year rule.

PTI