CAIRO, December 5. /Corr. Dean Drunk/. Air traffic between Egypt and Russia may be resumed not earlier than three months. This was reported by the newspaper “al-Watan”.
According to sources in the Egyptian government, “the negotiations with Moscow and London on the resumption of flights to the Country of pyramids to the end of the year were unsuccessful, as the Minister of tourism Hisham Zaazou has informed the Prime Minister Sheriff Ismail”. As said GaAs “at the last government meeting, British and Russian authorities expressed the need of time – about three months – to check the security of the Egyptian airports,” wrote “al-Watan”.
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The government of the Russian Federation prepares proposals in connection with the suspension of air links with Egypt
October 31, at Sinai crashed the plane a-321 of airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg. All on Board 217 passengers and seven crew members were killed. This disaster was the largest in the history of Russian aviation. As stated in the FSB, the cause of the crash was a terrorist attack using an improvised explosive device with power up to 1 kg in a trotyl equivalent. The official report of the international Commission on the causes of the collapse of the liner must be released by Cairo before the end of this year.
After that, the UK and Russia announced the suspension of air links with Egypt and evacuated from resorts in the country to all its tourists.
These measures London and Moscow immediately affected the tourism industry of Egypt in which British and Russian holidaymakers occupied respectively the first and second line leaders. As a result, the occupancy rate of hotels fell sharply, many hotels are empty or occupied only by one third, while room rates declined by 40-50%.
The suspension of air links with Egypt
The Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 November announced that it agreed with the recommendations of the National anti-terrorism Committee to suspend air traffic with Egypt. As explained by the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, this measure is entered not until the end of investigation of accident of the plane “Kogalymavia”, until then, until will not be provided the proper level of security. Putin instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens in return from Egypt.
All Russian commercial airlines and operators of General aviation has suspended the performance of all regular transit and Charter flights to Egypt with passengers on Board from 20:00 GMT on 6 November.