Egypt continues to fight for the return of Russian tourists. Thus, according to some reports, separate terminals for Russians or several boarding gates, intended exclusively for citizens of the Russian Federation, may appear at Egyptian airports. At the same time, according to experts, if these measures are taken, then the ban on flights to Egypt will finally be lifted.
A source close to the Russian aviation authorities told Izvestia that the Egyptian and Russian sides are negotiating separate terminals and boarding gates for tourists from the Russian Federation. At the same time, the Federal Air Transport Agency itself did not refute this information. “On behalf of the government of the Russian Federation, Rostransnadzor inspectors participated in assessing the level of security at Egyptian airports. Based on the results of the inspections, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation prepared recommendations for the Egyptian authorities. Currently, the Egyptian side is in the process of implementing our proposals to improve the security of airports to which the aircraft of Russian airlines fly, ”said Vladimir Chertok, deputy head of the department.
In addition, the possibility of creating separate terminals for Russian tourists was also discussed during the visit of the Egyptian parliamentary delegation to Moscow. Thus, according to Anvar Makhmutov, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, during the negotiations the Russian side offered to lease several terminals at Egyptian airports in order to independently ensure the safety of Russian citizens. “There is also an idea to build a temporary terminal in which the specialized services of Egypt would carry out customs inspection and passport control, and the check of cargo, passengers and aircraft would be carried out by Russian specialists,” he added.
At the same time, at the same time, the head of the Duma Property Committee, Sergei Gavrilov, announced that regular air traffic with Egypt would be restored within the next six months. “Subject to the set of safety elements, I think that regular flights will be restored in the near future within six months, charters are a separate program,” the official said. According to him, at a meeting in the State Duma, Ali Abdel Alem noted that the Egyptian side had fulfilled 75% of the obligations put forward by the Russian Federation to ensure the safe stay of Russian tourists. “I think the topic is justified, that if we restore relations with Turkey, we should not delay with Egypt, at least in a regular message at the first stage,” added Sergei Gavrilov.
It is also worth noting that earlier the executive director of the Egyptian receiving travel agency «ALS-tour» Sergei Zalivin told the correspondent of the information group «TURPROM» that all Russian charters arriving in Hurghada will be transferred to the new terminal, which has recently opened, since it has a more sophisticated control system, and all safety equipment is new. “In general, the Egyptian authorities are now fulfilling any wishes of the Russian side, especially in matters of security. Because Ours considered the new terminal to be more convenient and safer, then all Russian charters will be transferred there. Moreover, the security system at Egyptian airports has changed very significantly — now everyone is inspected with great care and in several stages. This is done even now upon arrival, although earlier tourists who arrived were inspected very selectively, ”the source said at the time. He also noted that in hotels and resorts, security has also been strengthened: a policeman in uniform is on duty in all hotels, as well as a representative of the special services in civilian clothes, and the resorts themselves are patrolled by squads of armed police.
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