MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Aeroflot will resume regular flights from Moscow to Cairo on April 11, the company has launched sales of tickets on Tuesday, March 13, the air carrier said.
"Aeroflot will resume regular flights on the Moscow-Cairo-Moscow route from April 11, 2018. Flights will be carried out three times a week by Airbus A320 to/from Terminal S of the Sheremetyevo Airport. The tickets are on sale from March 13, 2018,"according to the statement.
Flights will be carried out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the airline said.
From June 12 to July 2, the flights will become daily due to higher demand during the World Cup, Aeroflot noted.
Russia suspended regular air service with Egypt after a Russian A321 passenger jet owned by Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31, 2015 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crewmembers. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) qualified the tragedy as a terrorist attack.
For the resumption of flights Russia demanded that Egypt should step up security measures in the Cairo airport.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on resumption of scheduled flights to Cairo on January 4, 2018. Settlement of technical matters, including slots booking and schedule preparation, continued in two subsequent months.
Currently, Aeroflot is the only airline that plans to fly from Moscow to Cairo. From Egypt flights will be performed by Egypt Air.
On Tuesday, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that after the flight connection between Moscow and Cairo is resumed, the parties will start discussing resumption of flights to the resort cities of Hurghada and Sharm-e-Sheikh.