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Egypt, Russia sign protocol to resume Moscow-Cairo flights starting February 2018: Aviation ministry


The Egyptian Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy travelled to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Maxim Sokolov and to sign a protocol to resume flights between Moscow and Cairo for the first time since 2015. In fact the flights between the two countries were halted after the crash of a Russian jet in Sinai that killed 224 people and since that moment Egypt has been implementing the security measures in its airports, according to the Russian request. The aim was to restore the tourism because Russians were the largest tourist group in Egypt, about one-fifth of foreigners in the country in 2015. Sokolov said on Friday that Cairo International Airport has satisfied all the requirements of security measures but he said also that Egypt’s Red Sea resorts need more work. The protocol foresees that the flights between Egypt and Russia resume by 1 February and the two ministers will meet in April to discuss about the security condition of the Egyptian resort cities to resume the Russian tourism also there.

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