The authorities of Egypt and the Russian Federation have agreed to open direct flights to the resorts of the Red Sea. Charters from Russia to Egypt will be launched in October this year, according to the representatives of the states.
Results of the meeting in Sochi
On October 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi held talks in Sochi on the main areas of cooperation. The agenda included discussion of current issues of cooperation on international issues. The key area was the decision on the possible opening of a charter service between the cities of Russia and the resorts of the Red Sea. Whether direct charter flights to Egypt will be launched in 2018, it became clear after the meeting.
Charters to Egypt from Russia
Vladimir Putin stressed that in April 2018, a program of flights between Moscow and Cairo was launched. In connection with a long check of Egyptian airports for compliance with the requirements of safe transportation, it became possible to discuss the issue of restoring flights in full format. The dates have been outlined when charters from Russia to Egypt will be opened, 2018 will be the beginning of international transportation. It is expected that the planes will fly to the resorts that became popular with Russians before the closure of flights – Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.
On the comments of the Egyptian President, the head of the Russian Federation on the measures taken to ensure security at airports replied:
“We will strive to resume charter flights on these routes in the near future.”
The agenda also included the creation of a single free trade zone designated between the Arab Republic and the Eurasian Economic Union. An international agreement is planned in this area. Thanks to the adopted measure, it is planned to increase the volume of trade transactions between the two countries.
The sphere of military-technical cooperation was touched upon separately. A set of measures for implementation is outlined in the energy sector. An important point is the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt with the assistance of Rosatom. It was reported that active signing of contracts with subcontractors from the Egyptian side is underway. They also noted the importance of supplying natural gas and oil products to the Egyptian market. In the military sector, the issues of holding joint exercises of the Airborne Forces of the Russian Federation and the Arab Republic of Egypt, which were held the other day, were touched upon.
The key issues of interaction in the regions for international communication were also discussed. The issue of cooperation to ensure security in North Africa and the Middle East, in particular, in Syria, will be discussed. Vladimir Putin announced the need to create a controversial committee in Geneva and create conditions for the early recovery of the Syrian economy and the return of refugees home. The role of Egypt in holding the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi was noted. Measures were discussed to resolve the situation in Libya, to take common actions to resolve the internal split in the country, to preserve its sovereignty.
When will charters from Russia to Egypt be open?
Charters to Egypt
At the meeting, the exact dates for the resumption of communication to the resorts were not named. While this issue is at the stage of discussion and preparation of the technical base.
Experts from the Association of Tour Operators of Russia suggest that the delay in opening flights is caused by movements within the Egyptian government.
The flights are expected to be operated by Aeroflot and Egypt Air aircraft. The launch is scheduled for October 2018 or early winter. Charters from Russia to Egypt will become possible thanks to the efforts of foreign specialists. For security purposes, a special commission has been created that monitors the state of the airports.
Tickets to Egypt from 7,000 rubles.
Tours through Cairo remained unpopular with tourists heading to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. The reasons for this are a long trip and an expensive flight. Russian tour operators hope to resume service by the end of 2018. This will allow organizing trips to the beaches of Egypt during the winter season. It is too early to say when the charters from Russia to Egypt will open.
At the end of 2017, the tourist flow to Egypt was partially restored thanks to guests from Ukraine, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, China and Germany. Hotel bookings increased by 55%.
If all obstacles to the opening of flights are removed, charters from Russia to Egypt will amount to 600 flights per week. This would provide a flight for about 120 thousand tourists a month. Today, a change in the leadership of civil aviation is preventing the early opening of the flight program. The head of Egypt’s leading industry has yet to make any announcements about the possibility of launching charters and allocating flight time. It will be possible to schedule flights 15 days after issuing a permit on behalf of the Federal Air Transport Agency.
A record number of Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2014. In total, the resorts of the Red Sea and the cities of the Arab Republic were visited by about 2.6 million tourists. In 2017, only 94 thousand Russians crossing the border were recorded, traveling on their own
really. Charters from Russia to Egypt may be launched by the winter season.