Russia – Egypt resume direct air travel, after 3 year break


January 5, 2018 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The largest Egyptian airline, Egypt Air, plans to carry out three flights a week between Cairo and Moscow. The decree on the resumption of regular flights was signed by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on January 4.

The representative of the air carrier said that a preliminary schedule has already been developed, according to which flights will be carried out on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Egypt Air hopes that the first flights will take place in early February.

In the next few days, the airline will send its representative  to Russia to resume the company’s office in Moscow.

In addition, Egypt Air is thinking about how to send Egyptian fans to Russia for the World Cup championship. It is also possible that transit flights will be organized for the delivery of passengers to the world championship from neighboring Arab countries.

Meanwhile, Vice President of the Russian Union of the Travel Industry, Yuri Barzykin, noted that tour operators can begin designing tours to Egypt. Trips to Egyptian resorts through Cairo will not be low budget – prices will be comparable with the Mediterranean.

The air service between Russia and Egypt was suspended at the end of 2015, after the Kogalymavia airplane exploded in the air on October 31, departing from Sharm-el-Sheikh airport. Then, 217 passengers and seven crew members were killed. The crash was considered a terrorist act. To resume air traffic, the Russian Federation demanded that Egypt strengthen its air security measures.

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