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Russian ‘indirect’ flights to Egypt rose 57 pct. in 2017 - report

Sunday 24/December/2017 - 05:16 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
The flights from Russia to Egypt this year rose by 57% despite the high prices of flights to Cairo because of the lack of direct flights since 2015، the Interfax news agency reported.

The Russian agency quoted Aviasales as saying that the number of applications for travel from Russia to Egypt rose by 57% and that the rise in prices does not bother travelers so far.

"The cheapest ticket from Moscow to Hurghada costs around 16224 rubles (about 278.079 US Dollar).”

On December، Egypt and Russia’s transportation ministers signed in Moscow a protocol to resume flights between Cairo and Moscow for the first time since 2015، starting February 2018، Egypt’s aviation ministry said in a statement. 

The protocol stipulates that the governments of Egypt and Russia will give the green light for airlines to resume flights by 1 February، with each airline scheduling flights according to its own commercial considerations. 

Flights between Russia and Egypt were halted in 2015 following the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board.

Since the crash، Egypt has been implementing tighter security measures in its airports to meet Russian demands، with the aim of restoring Russian tourism.

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