Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday 4th of January 2018, ended the two-year deadlock between Cairo and Moscow, by signing a decree, to resume flights between Moscow and Cairo, according to the official Russian Legal Information Portal.
"An amendment to the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of November 8, 2015, concerning individual measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation and protect the citizens of the Russian Federation against criminal and other illegal acts," the decree said. And the first paragraph, the words regular air transport to Cairo should be added, and also the second paragraph, with the exception of Cairo.
Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov has announced that the resumption of Egypt Air's flights to Moscow would begin after the signing of the decree by President Vladimir Putin. "It is better to resume flights of the Egyptian airline, but, as I said, the legal restrictions on Egypt Air's flights will be lifted as of the date of signing the presidential decree, and then it will depend on the readiness of the company and its readiness to appeal," Sokolov said on Wednesday. According to agreements between them and airport services, both directly in Cairo and Moscow. "
The Russian minister, on Friday, signed with the Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation in Moscow the protocol of resumption of flights between Moscow and Cairo. The first flight will start on the 1st of February on Russian Airflot, while the two parties postponed discussing the return of flights to Resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, to next April.
Egypt is also prepared to implement attractive plans, to attract Russian tourists to visit the resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, to compensate for the losses suffered by Egyptian tourism, as a result of the suspension of flights between Russia and Egypt for the past couple of years.