Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Direct flight between Russia, Egypt to resume in February

Direct flight between Russia, Egypt to resume in February

Air service between Moscow and Cairo will resume from February 1, 2018, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry reported on Friday.

Egyptian Aviation Ministry officials say a security protocol is soon to be signed with Russia to prepare for the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt after more than a two-year hiatus.

The move will put an end to the long-lasting negotiations between Russian Federation and Egypt, which have been underway since late 2015.

A few months after the Russian plane crash, tourism in Egypt faced further challenges after the mysterious death of an Italian student in Cairo in early February 2016 and later the tragic fall of an EgyptAir flight in May 2016 that killed all 66 people on board, including 15 French. Russia's ban has crippled Egypt's ailing tourism industry, a main source of national income.

The two governments may sign a deal on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday.

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While Cairo's worldwide airport completely complies with Russian safety requirements, airports in the resort cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada still do not, Sokolov said in comments carried by state media.

Sokolov pointed out that the Russian airline Aeroflot has expressed its desire to conduct regular flights between Cairo and Moscow.

During Putin's visit, the two countries signed a deal for Russian Federation to begin construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant. "We will continue our negotiations regarding the decision on the rest of Egypt's airports", Fathi added.

Employing about 4 million people, the tourism sector brought Egypt around 13 billion US dollars in 2010 as over 14.7 million tourists visited the country, including about 3 million Russians.

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