نشر في: 30 March 2016
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Who knows, you might get a bonus free trip to Cyprus!

Amman – Alisraa News - An Egyptian travel company is using yesterday's airliner hijacking to promote its tours - by suggesting travellers may get a free trip to Cyprus.

The company posted the shameless message on its Facebook page just hours after Egyptian Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked an EgyptAir plane and forced it to be redirected from Cairo.

Claiming to be wearing an explosives vest, he held staff and passengers hostage on the Cyprus airport tarmac while he made a series of increasingly bizarre demands.

But Lions Trips wasted no time capitalizing on the crisis by advertising its trips to Hurghada, a beach resort on the Red Sea, adding that customers may get a free trip to the sunny island destination.

Translated, it read: 'Book a flight from us to Hurghada... and maybe a hijacker will take you to Cyprus. Or roll the dice and maybe it will be France or Italy.'

The post sparked fury online, with many labelling it 'heartless', while Lions Trips appeared to revel in its new-found notoriety.

Meanwhile, Seif Eldin Mustafa was today remanded into police custody for eight days following his first court appearance.

Police told the court in Larnaca that the 58-year-old faces possible charges of hijacking, kidnapping people with the aim of taking them to an unknown destination, reckless and threatening behaviour and offences that breach the anti-terror law.

The accused did not speak in court.

Cyprus authorities have described Mostafa as 'psychologically unstable' and said the case was not 'terrorism-related'.

He is accused of forcing the plane to divert to Larnaca airport on the island's south coast on Tuesday by threatening to detonate an explosives belt that turned out to be fake.

The hijacking triggered a six-hour standoff at the airport and the closure of the main entry point for tourists to the Mediterranean resort island.

Most of the 55 passengers on the plane - originally travelling from Alexandria to Cairo - were quickly released after it had landed.

But some escaped only minutes before the standoff ended, including one uniformed man who was seen clambering out of a cockpit window and dropping to the ground.[Daily Mail]

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