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Air service between Moscow and Cairo will resume on February 1

December 15, 2017, 20:37 UTC+3

On December 15, Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that the air service between the two countries might be resumed in February 2018

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CAIRO, December 15. /TASS/. Air service between Moscow and Cairo will resume from February 1, 2018, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry reported on Friday.

"During the visit of the head of the Ministry of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi to Moscow, a special protocol was signed on the resumption of air traffic. At the meeting, the governments of the two countries agreed to the green light "to airlines to fly between Moscow and Cairo from February 1," the ministry said in a press release.

Earlier on Friday, Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that the air service between the two countries might be resumed in February 2018.

The move will put an end to the long-lasting negotiations between Russia and Egypt, which have been underway since late 2015. Moscow suspended air service with Cairo in November 2015 following a terrorist attack on board a Russian A321 passenger jet that was en route from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh to Russia’s St. Petersburg. The airliner crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early on October 31, 2015 killing all 224 people onboard.

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