Sat, 24 Apr 2021 - 03:09 GMT
Sharm el-Sheikh resort - FILE
CAIRO – 24 April 2021: The decision to resume tourism flights to Egypt has been praised by many officials and workers in the Egyptian tourism sector, after a long hiatus that lasted for six years.
Bashar Abu Taleb, the head of the Red Sea Tourist Guides Syndicate hailed the decision saying that the Russian tourism is very important to Egypt, adding that “Russian tourists always felt they were home when they are in Egypt.”
He explained that the incoming tourists from Russia were always in large flocks, heading to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Tourism expert Abu el-Haggag el-Emary said that the resumption of the Russian flights “will compensate the losses the sector experienced, especially after the global repercussions witnessed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health continues the vaccination of workers in tourism sector, aiming to secure tourism destinations and re-assure foreign delegations coming to the Red Sea, as well as all tourist facilities.
In a phone call on Friday, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on resuming all flights between the two countries' airports including to the resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.
Sisi welcomed the step, hoping it pushes forward to further advancing bilateral relations between the two countries.
The decision to resume flights to the Egyptian resorts ends a hiatus that has lasted since 2015 over a Russian plane crash over Sinai, which killed all 224 people onboard.
Russia already resumed flights to Cairo in 2018.
Putin, during the phone call, 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
Executive director of the Russian Association of Tour Operators Maya Lomidze revealed TASS Russian tour operators’ plans to launch charter flights to the Egyptian resorts in 7 to 14 days after air service is resumed.
In remarks to the Russian news agency on Friday, Lomidze said charter flights to the resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada will be resumed 7 to 14 days after the date of the resumption, which has not yet been announced.