CAIRO: The date of the British flight resuming to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is expected to be announced Monday or Tuesday, Youm7 reported.
A meeting is expected to be held, either on Monday or Tuesday, between the Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and the British Ambassador to Cairo John Casson to declare the date of resuming after weeks of suspension.
Zaazou described the to-be-held meeting as a “tourist breakthrough,” he was quoted by Youm7.
An upcoming report on Egypt’s additional procedures taken to secure passengers at Sharm el-Sheikh airport is considered to be the final step before the expected British decision to resume the flights.
The report is conducted by a U.K. security delegation, tasked to check the security measures in Egyptian airports. The delegation, include aviation and counter-terrorism experts, visited Cairo on Nov. 18-19 to discuss strategic joint plan for returning the British tourists as soon as possible.
Following the Oct. 31 crash of Russian passenger plane in central Sinai 23 minutes after it took off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport, Russia and Britain evacuated their nationals from the Red Sea-located city to which Britain and Ireland suspended its flights.
At the mean time, Zaazou received Monday an Italian media delegation at Cairo Airport after it visited Aswan. He explained to the delegation the security measures taken at Egypt’s airports, according to a statement by the Tourism Ministry.
In the statement, he noted that the Italian tourism comes in the fifth rank among number of tourists coming to Egypt in 2014. It is preceded by Russia in the first place then Britain, Germany and Ukraine.
A meeting between the Tourism Minister and the Ukrainian Ambassador in Egypt Hennadi Latii took place Sunday, where Zaazou assured that the Ukrainian tourism has not been affected by the Russian plane crash.
Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad.