CAIRO: Italy will resume Thursday flights to Egypt’s Sharm al-Sheikh Airport, ending a suspension that followed a crash of a Russian passenger plane in October 2015, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
The Meridiana flight with 170 passengers onboard will take off from Milan–Malpensa Airport.
Italy was one of a number of European countries to suspend flights to the Red Sea resort town a few days after Russian plane crash which was caused by a bomb, claiming the lives of more than 220 onboard in Central Sinai.
The U.K.’s EasyJet resumed flights to Sharm al-Sheikh May 29, while British Airways will begin flying to Egypt in September for the first time since late October 2015, Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou said.
Foreign security crews are visiting Egypt to review safety procedures at airports, with Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam airports at the forefront, according to Zaazou.
Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Tourism revenues dropped during December 2015 by 52 percent compared to that of January 2015, Youm7 quoted Adla Ragab, the economic advisor for the Tourism Minister.