Over the past week, a Russian delegation with aviation security experts has been checking the airports of the main resorts of Egypt — Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada. And since Saturday, several rounds of talks have been held with officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation. According to sources from the Egypt Independent newspaper, the Russian delegation, which included eight participants, highly appreciated the safety of Egyptian airports and gave the go-ahead for the full resumption of direct flights between Russian cities and Egyptian resorts. Considering all the bureaucratic procedure for restoring air traffic, experts believe that the real date of the first direct flights is mid-spring 2020.
At the same time, according to the Egyptian media, in addition to the already implemented security measures at the airports of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, separate check-in counters and boarding passes will be organized for Russian tourists by the spring, as has already been done at Cairo airport. We have even agreed with the Russian delegation on specific exit numbers, which will be reserved only for our tourists.
Let us recall that the opening of flights between the resorts of the Red Sea and Russian cities was directly mentioned in the congratulatory call of the Egyptian President to his Russian counterpart on the New Year. According to the official website of the President of Russia, the New Year’s call was made from the Egyptian side. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi included the issue of opening Russian charters primarily on issues of global and non-festive politics and economy of the Pyramid Country, among, for example, such topics as stabilization of the situation in Libya, construction of the first nuclear power plant in Egypt «El-Dabaa» and etc.
At the same time, it is emphasized that the talk was about the restoration of «full-scale» air communication between the countries, in other words, about the full opening of Egypt for Russian tourists in terms of restoring charter flights to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh from Russian cities. Then the experts expected that the result of this call should be another inspection. Moreover, given the personal request of al-Sisi and the big concessions to Russia from Egypt on many issues, many experts believed that this time the inspection would end with a positive decision on the opening of Egypt. This has not yet been officially announced, but it looks like this is exactly the case, which means 4.5 years of the forced closure of Egypt are finally coming to an end …
By the way, as tour operators have calculated, the opening of Egypt will deprive Turkey of 1 million Russian tourists
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