Russian Federation and Egypt to resume direct flights after two-year break

Russian air transport statistics

Flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in February, the Russian transport ministry announced on Friday, after they were suspended in 2015 following an airliner bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Russian Federation and Egypt have signed a protocol on cooperation in maintaining civil aviation security, a media report said.

Flights between Russia and Egypt were suspended after a Russian passenger plane crashed over the Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, and Russia categorized the incident as a terrorist attack.

"The Russian flight resumption will have a very positive impact on tourism in Egypt as it will flourish the industry and encourage a lot of tourists who stopped visiting Egypt to come back to the country", said Walid al-Battouty, adviser to the Egyptian tourism minister.

The statement added that talks in order to resume charter flights between the two countries would start in April 2018.

Sokolov said that Cairo International Airport has met all aviation security requirements, while Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada airports need more work, which is the task for next year.

Russian tour operators said Friday's agreement was unlikely to immediately restart mass tourism from Russia to Egypt, with direct flights only to Cairo rather than resort destinations.

Russian tourists to the tune of 3.16 million are expected to visit Egypt following Russia's decision to lift a ban on direct flights to the country, Russian state-run media outlet Russia Today reported.

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