“Turkey will not open this year. But recent events in Egypt have shown that, most likely, and Egypt is also not opened”, — said Thursday the Deputy head of the Federal tourism Agency novel (quoted by TASS).
Speaking at a press conference in Yekaterinburg, Soon noticed that not only Russia is in no hurry to resume flights with Egypt. Similar way the UK and several other European countries, said the official. “Safety is the main problem, is the number one issue,” – said the Deputy head of the Federal tourism Agency.
According to the Russian Ambassador in Cairo Sergei Kirpichenko, in Moscow, I would like as soon as possible to resume air communication with Egypt, but Cairo failed to take all measures to ensure security in airports across the country. “Forget about the crash Russian aircraft over the Sinai in October last year in the attack that claimed the lives of 224 people, would be unforgivable. The Egyptian side is still not came to certain conclusions about the causes of the crash and have not completed the adoption of all measures to improve security at their airports,” said the Ambassador in interview to Agency “Interfax”.
Russian airlines have suspended flights to Egypt for an indefinite period after the decree of President Vladimir Putin on November 9, 2015. The same document Putin recommended that tour operators and travel agencies to temporarily refrain from the sale of permits in Egypt. The reason was the crash of 31 October in the Sinai Peninsula liner “Kogalymavia” flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Petersburg with 224 people on Board. According to the FSB, on the plane during the flight, a bomb exploded capacity up to 1 kg in a trotyl equivalent.
Moscow has put before Cairo to increase safety measures. Representatives of law enforcement bodies and the Federal air transport Agency inspected a few times airports, and in mid-March, a senior Federal official said that a ban on Russian airlines and travel agencies can be removed already in April-may. At the end of March, the newspaper “Kommersant” reported on the letter head of Rostourism Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, in which Oleg Safonov asked to further analyze the approach to the problem of security of Russians in Egypt.
At the end of March, a citizen of Egypt took the EgyptAir plane. The airliner was hijacked to Cyprus, where the offender released the hostages and surrendered to local authorities.