Russia to renew flights to Egypt, halted after 2015…

Frederick Owens
Декабря 18, 2017

Russian and Egyptian officials have signed documents to allow the resumption of direct flights between the two countries after a two-year break.

Russian Federation and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced.

Following the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai in October 2015 - which killed all 224 people on board and was claimed as a terrorist attack by an IS-affiliated group - Russia suspended flights to the country.

The resumption of Russian flights will start with Cairo global airport as a destination and will gradually expand to the airports of the Red Sea resort cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.

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Sami Mahmoud, a tourism expert and former chief of Egypt's Tourism Promotion Authority, ruled out the interrelation between the power plant agreement and the flight resumption between Egypt and Russian Federation. Russia's ban has crippled Egypt's ailing tourism industry, a main source of national income.

According to Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi, Moscow and Cairo will discuss resumption of charter flights in April, 2018.

Putin's visit to Egypt was part of the Russian president's blitz day-trip to the region that kicked off with a visit to a Russian air base in Syria, then to Cairo and concluded with a stop in Turkey.

During Putin's visit, the two countries signed a deal for Russian Federation to begin construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant.

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