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Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian Federation to resume flights to Egypt in February

Russian Federation to resume flights to Egypt in February

An infographic made by Russia Today revealed that 300,000 Russian tourists will arrive in Egypt in the initial period following the lifting of direct flights - set to come into effect in February - noting that Egypt's tourism revenues will reach 3.5 billion dollars in the first months of 2018.

Russian and Egyptian officials have signed documents to allow the resumption of direct flights between the two countries after a two-year break.

Flights between Russia and Egypt were halted in 2015 following the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board.

The Russian decision was a blow to Egypt's tourism industry, which has already been suffering since 2011 due to political turmoil following the ouster of two heads of state.

The statement added that talks in order to resume charter flights between the two countries would start in April 2018.

Egyptian tourism officials and those working in the field pin hope on the return of Russian tourists as a springboard for future revival of the tourism sector in the most populous Arab country.

Sokolov said that Cairo International Airport has met all aviation security requirements, while Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada airports need more work, which is the task for next year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Cairo on Monday the deal on the resumption of flights could be signed "in the nearest time".

Russian Federation and Egypt were expected on Friday to sign an air safety agreement that would pave the way for the resumption of flights.

In the wake of the IS bombing, Britain, another major source of visitors to Egypt, suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort in Sinai from which the doomed Russian airliner took off.

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