Russian travel ban may be lifted in early February: RUTI
Egypt Air plane - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Vice-president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) Yuri Barzykin said that the travel ban imposed on Egypt would be lifted with the first two weeks of February, Russian newspaper Moskovski Komsomolets reported Thursday.

Speaker of the Russian State Duma (Parliament) Sergey Naryshkin said Wednesday that flights would be resumed to Egypt after opening a Russian consulate in Sharm el Sheikh, Youm7 reported. Naryshkin’s remarks came during his attendance of the inauguration of the 47th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) that kicked off Wednesday.

The Speaker visited Egypt to be assured of the security measures in the Egyptian airports before lifting the travel ban on Egypt, Moskovski Komsomolets. He also talked with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on resumption of flights, Presidential office stated Tuesday.

Moscow suspended flights to Egypt and imposed a ban on EgyptAir flights to Russia after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Central Sinai Oct. 31, 2015, claiming the lives of all 224 passengers and crew on board.


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