The issue of receiving tourists from Russia became the main topic of the meeting in the Egyptian parliament. Formally, the final inspections of the country’s airports will start next week, which makes the Egyptian side yet another «exacerbation of hopes» for the early return of Russian tourists.
Recall that the opening date of Egypt for Russian tourists could be February 23. However, again, provided that the control checks of the Federal Air Transport Agency on February 8-9 establish sufficient observance of the rules of aviation security. At the same time, there is good news — air traffic in all three directions, to Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, is planned to be restored at the same time.
“Air traffic between Russia and Egypt should be resumed in February. The date was called February 23. However, this will only happen if all the security requirements are met by the Egyptian side, ”Izvestia quotes its source from the Russian diplomatic environment. According to him, it is expected that charter and regular flights will be restored immediately to three cities in Egypt — Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh. “The control check carried out by the Federal Air Transport Agency is expected on February 8-9. At the moment, there is nothing that could impede the resumption of flights between the countries. The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation is expected to issue an official statement immediately after the audit. It should be noted that the Egyptian side has done all the necessary work. Moreover, in the three largest airports in the country, namely in Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, they are already ready to receive Russian citizens — separate terminals have been allocated for them, ”the source also noted.
Note that the publication has not yet received official confirmation from the Ministry of Transport. So far, the department reported that «the decision is made by the government of the Russian Federation.» “The Ministry of Transport has sent its proposals to the government to open flights to Cairo. The airport in this city is ready to receive Russian flights. At the airports in Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, the Ministry of Transport has not yet given approvals for the opening of flights, since representatives of the Federal Air Transport Agency are still working there, the check has not been completed. The dates for the opening of flights are set by the government, ”the ministry said.
Later, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov called the date announced by a number of media outlets for the resumption of flights from Russian cities to Egypt premature.
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