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Egypt and Russia resumed flights after more than two and a half years

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Egypt’s national airline Egypt Air resumed its flights to Russia from Cairo International Airport on Thursday after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said on Thursday.

Russia stopped civilian flights to Egypt in October 2015 after Islamist militants blew up an airliner bomb of Russian company Matroujat as it left Sharm el-Sheikh tourist resort, killing 224 people, all of them on board.

Cairo International Airport received early on Thursday the first Russian flights to Egypt after the resumption of air traffic.

In December, Egypt and Russia signed an agreement on cooperation in civil aviation security, the first step towards resuming regular Russian flights to Cairo.

“It will fly three flights a week to Moscow,” the Egyptian aviation ministry said in a press release on Thursday.

In February, Russian Transport Agency quoted Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying that Russia and Egypt might resume talks on inspecting the Red Sea airports close to the resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada during the spring.