CAIRO: Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou will travel to Russia Saturday where he will meet with Russian senior officials to discuss ways to resume flights to Egypt, Youm7 reported.
Zaazou along with officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism will fly to Moscow from Germany where they attended the ITB Berlin that kicked off last week, sources at the ITB told Youm7 correspondent Friday.
The decision to travel to Moscow comes according to presidential directives, said the source, adding that the Egyptian delegation will discuss with the Russian officials the latest security measures taken by the Egyptian government to ensure safety at all airports.
In Dec., Egypt has hired global consultancy Control Risks to review security at some of its airports after a plane carrying Russian tourists crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in October killing all 224 passengers aboard.
“Russian flights to Egypt may be resumed after the security measures in Egyptian airports are strengthened,” Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov was quoted by Sputnik.
The crash has hit Egypt’s tourism sector hard, with airlines cancelling flights to Sharm al-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort from which the flight took off.
Swift decisions were taken by a number of countries including Germany, Russia, France and the UK to evacuate their tourists from the resort town, after reports that a bomb may have been the cause.