Russian travelers fly to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts after years-long restriction

2021-08-10.

Tourists at the red sea resort of Israel Tourists at the red sea resort of Israel

Flights bringing travelers from Russia to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts showed up Monday for the very first time considering that the October 2015 jihadist battle of a Russian airliner, authorities stated.

Moscow disallowed direct flights to Egypt after the battle of the traveler airplane quickly after it removed from the popular resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, eliminating all 224 individuals on board.

Monday early morning’s Egypt Air flight from the Russian capital brought 300 travelers to the resort town of Hurghada, an Egyptian civil air travel authorities stated.

A 2nd flight later on landed in Sharm el-Sheikh, where Russia’s ambassador to Egypt and the provincial guv invited the travelers, an airport source stated.

Egypt Air CEO Amr Abulenein stated the nationwide provider would be running an overall of 7 flights a week in between Moscow and Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh

A Russian delegation examined both airports and resort hotels at the end of last month to examine security and health treatments, according to Russia’s Tass news firm.

The attack practically 6 years ago declared by the jihadist Islamic State group dealt a blow to Egypt’s essential traveler market, and the sector has actually been even more damaged by the Covid -19 pandemic.

Egypt resumed to foreign travelers in July in 2015 after having actually closed its borders in March to stem the circulation of coronavirus infections.

In 2019, the last complete year prior to the pandemic struck, tourist comprised about 12 percent of Egypt’s GDP.

After an extended period of political instability that dented profits, earnings from the sector recuperated to $13 billion that year.

But in 2020, a year when Egypt had actually at first considered a more rebound to $16 billion, profits collapsed to $4 billion.

Russian travelers fly to Egypt's Red Sea resorts after years-long restriction