FILE PHOTO: Passengers board an EgyptAir flight in Luxor, Egypt, November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo
CAIRO - 24 April 2020: The resumption of Russian flights to Egypt capped sustained efforts exerted by the state over the past period to restore the trust of the Russian tourists, the head of the parliament’s tourism committee said on Friday.
"The Russian side’s trust in the precautionary measures in place in Egypt came after Russian inspection delegations, which visited the country over the past years, lauded the security standards at the Egyptian airports," Nora Ali said.
All tourist facilities and hotels in the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheik and Hurghada are prepared to receive the Russian tourists in the upcoming period, she added.
Sahar Talaat Mostafa, head of the Egyptian-Russian Business Council and a member of Parliament, said that this decision came in light of the growing volume of trust and the depth of relations between the two countries in recent years.
She indicated that the efforts made by all state agencies under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi played a major role in the success of the state's efforts to bring the Russian tourism and aviation movement back to Egypt again.
The relations between Egypt and Russia witnessed a qualitative leap during the past 7 years at all levels, which helped overcome the crisis of the complete disruption of air traffic between the two countries, as well as the strengthening and strengthening of security cooperation to confront potential dangers or threats.
El Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on April 23, to fully resume flights between the two countries, especially to the coastal cities of Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, after six years of hiatus to these touristic destinations.
Flights between two countries were suspended at late October 2015 after a bomb downed a Russian flight carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.
In January 2018, Russia decided to resume the flights to Egypt’s Cairo International Airport after Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all of its airports to meet the Russian demands necessary for the resumption of flights.
President Sisi welcomes the resumption of flights between Egypt and Russia, hoping that this decision contributes to advancing bilateral relations between the two countries, said Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that his country is keen to enhance cooperation with Egypt, praising Egypt’s achievements in the fields of economic and social development, besides the establishment of mega national projects.
Putin added that Russia is counting on Egypt's pivotal role in stabilizing its entire regional environment, Radi said.
Both leaders discussed Egyptian-Russian joint projects such as the Dabaah nuclear plant in Egypt and other projects in economic zone of the Suez Canal axis. They also discussed other regional issues, particularly the Libyan file.