Flights between Russia and Egypt may be restored in the next month. With this statement made by the Egyptian press, citing the Ministry of civil aviation of his country. The first will be opened the route between Moscow and Cairo, and later in the schedules of the airlines will appear and Egyptian resorts. Then start negotiations on the resumption of Charter flights.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Of course, now the Russians are wondering whether to trust this information. Such promises missed the red sea beaches tourists are not fed the first month, but while the land of the pyramids to our countrymen can only dream of. However, what this time is based the optimism of the Egyptians, it is easy to guess. This week’s expected visit to Cairo of Russia’s transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. It needs to evaluate the performance of the Egyptian side of the security requirements at airports in Egypt, including Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh claimed by Moscow. It is not excluded that by the end of the trip, the situation gets to a new level. In addition, 28 Sep must earn the new terminal of the Cairo airport, which will subsequently take all the flights from Russia. In the same part of the air port ready for the opening of the new office of the chief of the Russian air carrier.
But, unfortunately, in the aggregate, this does not guarantee that the return of the Russians to Egypt will occur in the coming month. Especially that last “exchange of courtesies”, when first Egypt put up impossible demands to the quality of imports from Russia of grain, and after Russia banned the import of Egyptian oranges, suggests that relations between the two countries is not going smoothly.
Egypt for the first time openly protested due to the large number of constantly travelling to the country of the Russian delegations, the use of which, from the point of view of the Egyptian side, a little bit. Another group of experts on aviation security just visited Egypt on 20 September. Russian experts inspected not only airports, but hotels on the subject of security for tourists. Against this background, Cairo, Moscow sent a message, which confirms that Egypt has fulfilled all the requirements of the Russian side, including with regard to equipping the air Harbor of modern Russian equipment, and waiting for the official reaction of Russia, which will not be confined only to send inspectors.
Mixed feelings now and the Russian tourist industry. The bet was placed on the Oct. However, as explained “MK” in one of the Moscow travel agencies, the next month is already clearly falls out of the high tourist season, which lasts in Egypt from mid-autumn to may. At the launch of the pilot Charter required ten days, and for the production of a full Charter programme for about a month, because these planes don’t just need to find and to fill with tourists. Besides, experts have no doubt that the issue of the Charter will be resolved quickly. There is the example of Turkey, where the official start of sales of vouchers and the departure of the first Charter shares two months.
The real chances of a return are so far only scheduled flights to Cairo. But this is unlikely to affect the tourist flow. From Cairo to Hurghada travelers need to get about six hours. With Sharm El-Sheikh is still more complicated — for several years the road between the resort and the capital is formally closed to tourists because of her insecurity.