In Russia, from Monday, August 9, flights with Egyptian resorts are resumed. The corresponding decision was made by the operational headquarters for combating coronavirus infection on July 23.
From this day, the planes will fly from Moscow with a frequency of five flights a week to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. In total, 20 weekly flights can be carried out, 10 of which by the Russian side and 10 by the Egyptian.
The headquarters itself stressed that the decision to increase the number of flights will be made after the visit of a delegation from Russia to Egypt to assess the epidemiological situation in the Arab Republic.
On August 6, the Federal Air Transport Agency reported that eight Russian airlines have already received permits to fly to Egyptian resorts. So, the document was acquired by Aeroflot, Pobeda and S7, from the regions – Russia, S7, Ural Airlines, Smartavia, Nordwind and AZUR air. Next, they must obtain a permit for air travel from the headquarters for coronavirus.
On July 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a 2015 decree banning charter flights to Egyptian resorts.
In November 2015, flights to Egyptian resorts were banned after a Russian plane exploded in the skies over the Sinai Peninsula. On it, tourists returned from their vacation in Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, all 224 people on board became victims of the disaster.
Air traffic between Russia and Egypt resumed in 2018, but flights are only allowed to Cairo. Due to the pandemic, flights were interrupted, but in the fall of last year, flights from Moscow to Cairo were resumed again.