Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts

Egypt’s president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo resumed in April after Egyptian officials beefed up airport security, but talks about restoring direct air travel to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts have dragged on. Addressing the Russian parliament’s upper house, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi emphasised that restoring the flights was essential for Egypt’s tourism industry. (Read more….)