Egypt and Russia to resume all flights

Egypt and Russia to resume all flights

Egypt and Russia agreed to resume all flights between the two countries in a call between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's presidency said in a statement.

The official representative of the office of the head of the Egyptian state, Bassam Rada announced on Friday that the presidents of Russia and Egypt agreed on the full resumption of flights between the two countries, including with resorts areas.

According to him, "the conversation between the two leaders concerned all issues of bilateral relations, primarily related to cooperation in the area of tourism." "An agreement was reached on the resumption of flights in full between the airports of the two countries, including Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh," he said.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed the agreement to fully resume flights between Russia and Egypt, including with Egyptian resorts.

"Yes. We are preparing a statement now," TASS cited him as saying.

Russian tour operators may launch charter flights to Egyptian resorts in 7-14 days after air service is resumed, executive director of the Russian Association of Tour Operators Maya Lomidze said.

"The date has not been announced yet. From the date - in 7-14 days," she noted.

Flights to popular resort destinations Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada were suspended in October 2015.