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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The return of the Russians to Egypt delayed again

A visit to Cairo, the head of Ministry of transport Maxim Sokolov, who was supposed to evaluate the performance of the Egyptian side of the security requirements at the airports, did not bring the answer to the main question: when Russians will be able to return to the red sea resorts. But even before the Egyptian press hastened to declare that the flights will resume in October. However, it is known that the Russian delegation again asked to pause, to analyze the reports of experts on aviation security, based on the results of previous audits. It seems that the “discovery” of Egypt has been delayed again.

As stated in the official message of the Ministry of transport, Egypt transport Minister Maxim Sokolov met with President Abdel Fattah Sisi, and also held talks with his Egyptian counterpart. The parties discussed the issue of security at local airports, particularly the technical component. It is known that the Russian side made a proposal to unite all Egyptian airports into a single network of electronic control. Transport Minister pointed out to the Egyptians that the latest audit of the airports of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh were identified disabled a surveillance camera. At the same time the Russian Minister noted the greatest willingness to resume flights to Cairo international airport, where on 28 September should make the new terminal, which will subsequently take all the flights from Russia. Sokolov said that the report of the Russian leadership for a decision on the return of Russian tourists. But, as before, without any specifics.

However, such a development was foreseeable. The 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. And although both Russia and Egypt have seemingly agreed to drop most of its claims on foods, but it can only go on opening of regular flights between the countries. Special attention of the Russian delegation to Cairo airport indirectly confirms this conclusion.

However, this, according to experts, is unlikely to make Egyptian resorts more accessible to our countrymen. From Cairo to Hurghada travelers need to get about six hours. 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. But the restoration of air links will help to solve the problem download the main Russian carrier, who on the fall of the outbound tourist flow is extremely lacking capacious direction. A similar situation has already been this summer in Turkey: a ban on the sale of vacation packages and Charter flights for some reason had not been circulated on a regular transportation. In the case of Egypt, the situation seems to be repeated.

In Egypt is still hope that Russian tourists will return until early next year. In Cairo, expect the Russians will be able to celebrate on the red sea resorts at least the new year holidays.


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