While some airlines are halting flights to and from Russia since it invaded Ukraine, others have since announced their flights resumption to Russia. EgyptAir is the latest airline to announce its services resumption to Russia as it announced yesterday that it will be resuming daily flights from Cairo to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport from April 15.
“EgyptAir will resume its direct flights between Cairo and Moscow, one daily, number MS729-MS730, on board of Airlines Boeing B737-800,” EgyptAir said in a statement.
This comes a week after Egyptian lawmakers approved a law that allows the Minister of Finance to provide EgyptAir with an insurance guarantee covering risks, including any wars or hijackings during flights to and from Russian airports, which was on Monday signed into law by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
EgyptAir canceled last month all flights to Moscow due to problems with European flight insurance amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the European sanctions against Russia.
Flights connecting Egypt from Russia and Ukraine dealt a huge blow to the Egyptian tourism sector, as both countries are main exporters of tourists to Egypt.
According to Russia’s Ambassador to Cairo Georgy Borisenko, about 125,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt during the first two weeks of 2022, and that 700,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2021 as well.
In 2018, Russia resumed flights to Cairo after a three-year suspension following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in 2015.