Italy has resumed flights with Egypt. On Thursday, March 3, 4 months after the tragedy over Sinai, the first plane carrying Italian tourists landed at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
According to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry, there were 167 tourists on board the airliner that arrived from Milan. «This flight is a positive signal for other countries that tourism is returning,» said Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazua, RIA Novosti reported. The minister also said that in May, one of the British airlines also plans to resume flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Recall that at the end of last month, Hisham Zaazua announced the imminent restoration of air traffic between Egypt and Russia. Then he explained that he had «encouraging news» on this score, but the Egyptian Minister of Tourism did not say when exactly this would happen.
It should be noted that hotels in Egypt, in distress against the background of the lack of a normal tourist flow, are looking forward to Russian tourists. At the same time, according to experts, local hoteliers will be ready to provide the Russian market with unprecedentedly low prices, with which Russian resorts, with all their desire, will not be able to compete.
So, according to Sergei Zalivin, executive director of the Egyptian receiving travel agency «ALS-tour», in order to stimulate the restoration of Russian tourist flow, and this may take up to six months, depending on the situation in the Russian economy, Egyptian hotels will undoubtedly give very attractive prices. “February for Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh is considered a low season due to unstable weather. Therefore, the prices now for an average 5 * hotel per person per day on the «all inclusive» basis are $ 20-30. As soon as Egypt is open for the Russian market, additional discounts of 15-25% of the level of these prices can be expected, ”the source said.
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