February 18 According to Egypt’s official Pyramid website on the 18th, Russia will resume direct flights to the Red Sea coastal cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurgada in Egypt on March 28.
Ashraf Novell, head of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, said on the same day that the delegation of the Russian Ministry of Transport recently conducted a week-long inspection of the airports in Sharm el-Sheikh and Khurgada, and then affirmed the security measures at the two airports.
With the approval of the Russian authorities, Russian Beifeng Airlines will fly four flights a week, including two each in Sharm el-Sheikh and Khurgada.
Amr Hussein Hindi, deputy director of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee of the Egyptian Parliament, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that before Russia suspended flights between the two countries, Russia was the largest source country of tourists in Egypt, and hoped that the resumption of direct flights would revive Egypt’s tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus epidemic.
It is also reported that the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority has approved the resumption of direct flights between Egypt and Libya, which has been suspended for one year from the 18th.
On October 31, 2015, a Russian Kogarem Airlines flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia exploded shortly after take-off and crashed in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.
The extremist organization Islamic State later announced the attack. After the air crash, Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt until April 2018 when direct flights between Moscow and Cairo resumed.