On Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced that they will resume charter flights to Egyptian resorts in the near future, especially after the two countries reached a preliminary agreement in this regard.
According to a Russian aviation source, charter flights may resume to Egyptian resorts after 10 May.
The source said decisions to resume air traffic simultaneously with Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh in the second week of May are being studied.
He pointed out that there is an increased interest in charter flights to Egypt among Russian tour operators in light of restrictions on flights to Turkish resorts.
He noted that two airlines are planning to resume flights to Egyptian resorts from the international airports of Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo.
Russia suspended flights to Egypt in 2015 over a Russian plane crash over Sinai, which killed all 224 people on board.
Although Russia has resumed flights to Cairo as per a Russian presidential decree in 2018, charter flights to Egyptian resorts such as Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada are still banned.
Since the 2015 plane crash, Egypt has upgraded and boosted safety systems at all airports countrywide, including screening, control, and check-in of passengers and baggage.
Egypt has also allowed multiple inspection visits from Russian security experts to certify its safety measures and security arrangements at various airports.
Prior to the plane crash, Russian tourists comprised one of the largest tourist groups to Egypt.
In remarks to Russia’s TASS a day before Lavrov’s visit, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed that Egypt has done its “utmost to reach the top level of security” at Egyptian airports and resorts.
Shoukry also affirmed that the country has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in resort cities.