Egypt relief as flights from Russia resume

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Egypt and Russia are set to resume direct flights after a two year suspension.

Russian airlines stopped operating flights to Cairo in late 2015, after an homemade bomb brought down a Metrojet airliner over the  Sinai desert killing all 224 people on board.

The atrocity was claimed by the so-called Islamic State terrorist group.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on a meeting on the investigation of the crash
Russian President Vladimir Putin on a meeting on the investigation of the crash

Egypt counts on the resumption of Russian flights as a big push for its tourism sector that has been suffering recession over the past few years.

A significant increase in security measures was required to reinstate flights between the two countries, the airline said in a press release.

Flowers and children's toys at the Pulkovo Airport entrance. The sign at the back says "To the victims of A321 plane crash".
Flowers and children’s toys at the Pulkovo Airport entrance. The sign at the back says “To the victims of A321 plane crash”.

This requirement has been met on the Egyptian side, and on 4 January 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree permitting the resumption of regular air traffic.

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