Russia resumes flights to Egyptian resorts



Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the president of Russian airline Aeroflot on June 4 that saying that Russian charter flights to resorts in Egypt are expected to resume in the coming days after an one-year hiatus.

Russia resumes flights to Egyptian resorts
Russia resumes flights to Egyptian resorts / ph: Aeroflot

Flights to the resorts of Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada were suspended after a Russian passenger plane crashed in the Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.  A branch of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack.  Russia's suspension of flights to the Red Sea resorts has severely damaged Egypt's "smokeless industry".

Before the crash of the Russian plane, 3.1 million Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2014, accounting for about 75% of the total number of tourists to the country.  After the plane incident, Egypt has been working to upgrade security and safety solutions at all airports across the country.  In April 2018, Russia resumed flights to Cairo International Airport, thereby ending the 30-month suspension, but did not resume flights to Egypt's Red Sea resort destinations..

Russia resumes flights to Egyptian resorts

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