Russia Lifts Ban on Charter Flights to Egypt


Charter Flights to Egypt

On July 8, Russian President Vladimir Puttin declared a 2015 decree banning flights by Russian airlines to Egypt resorts. Between Egypt and Russia, air traffic was severed affected in November 2015 after a Russian airliner crashed over the Sinai Peninsula with 224 fatalities, Federal Security Service qualified the incident as an act of terrorism.

A group affiliated with Islamic State militants claimed the responsibility for destroying the plane by a bomb.

CAIRO, July 9, Russia’s decision to lift the ban on charter flights to Egyptian resorts will strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, the Foreign Ministry of Egypt said in a statement on Thursday.

“Egypt welcomes the decision made by the Russian Federation to lift the ban on charter flights to and from Egypt after the Russian President’s decree,” the statement said. “We expect Russian tourists to return to Egyptian resorts as soon as possible, which will allow strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the sector considering the preventive measures taken by the Egyptian government to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus,” the ministry noted.

“We are confident that the step reflects the firmness of the Egyptian-Russian relations at all levels, which are rapidly developing in various fields,” the statement said.

Egypt later on Thursday welcomed the decision in a foreign ministry statement saying that it looks forward to the quick return of Russian tourists.

Russia and Egypt agreed to resume all flights in a call in April between Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s presidency said at the time.