A delegation of Russian experts arrived in Egypt on Sunday to ensure all security measures adopted at Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada airports، the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
An official source for the agency uncovered that such a visit، which will last until 16 December، may be considered a preliminary step before resuming direct flights to the Egyptian resorts.
All flights between Russia and Egypt were cancelled in November 2015 after a Russian A321 passenger jet owned by Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31، 2015 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh.
In 2016-2017، the sides negotiated resumption of aviation service. A new terminal meeting all aviation security requirements was been constructed in Cairo airport. Before flights were resumed، Russian aviation experts examined the airport several times.
In January 2018، Putin signed a decree to resume regular flights between Russia and Egypt. The first flight from Moscow to Cairo took place on April 11.
Charter flights to resort towns، particularly Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada، are still suspended.