President Vladimir Putin today scrapped Russia’s ban on charter flights to Egypt , six years after suspending them for national security seasons in the aftermath of a plane crash, Reuters reports.
The flights were stopped after a Metrojet plane taking Russian holiday makers back from Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg broke up over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 onboard.
Russia concluded the plane was destroyed by a bomb. A group affiliated with Daesh claimed responsibility.
Putin’s decree lifting the ban will be a boon for Egypt’s year-round resorts in Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada which attracted large numbers of Russians in the past.
Russia and Egypt agreed to resume all flights in a call in April between Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt’s presidency said at the time.
Egypt’s tourism revenues plunged 70 per cent due to the coronavirus crisis last year, marking total revenue of $4 billion. The industry accounts for up to 15 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).