Egyptian airline EgyptAir announced on Monday that it would charter a weekly direct flight between Madrid and the monumental city of Luxor in the south of the country, starting next December.

EgyptAir's chairman, Safwat Musalam, said in a statement that the first flight would depart on December 5 with a Boeing B737-800, which has a capacity for 144 passengers.

The plane will then travel to Cairo International Airport, according to the official website of the airline, where the rest of direct flights from EgyptAir take off from Madrid.

The start of flights between Madrid and Luxor coincides with the mid-year vacation season and comes shortly before the Christmas holidays.

Previously, there were direct flights to Luxor from Spain, but with the decline of tourism after the civil unrest of 2011, they were canceled.

The same happened with other destinations, although EgyptAir tries little by little to resume these connections with Luxor, as it did last October with London.