Russia anticipates Egypt flights resuming for summer vacation season

Russia anticipates that air traffic with Egypt will be restored in the next few months for Russia's summer vacation season, a senior diplomat said Friday.

Russia suspended commercial air traffic with Egypt in November after a Russian airliner travelling from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh exploded shortly after takeoff, killing all 224 people aboard.

"Work is in progress. Let's hope flights will resume by the summer," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told state news agency TASS.

"Security specialists are cooperating closely. Now we have reached the final stage of the talks," Bogdanov said.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the countries "agreed to restore air links as soon as possible, provided the highest security standards are guaranteed for Russian citizens."

An Egyptian affiliate of the terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft last year, with a bomb placed on board as revenge for Russian military strikes against the group in Syria.

The airliner had been travelling to Russia's second largest city, St Petersburg, and most of the passengers were Russian.

The Kremlin said at the time that it expected the flight ban to last several months.

Egypt's tourism minister said the country stood to lose about 280 million dollars in revenue every month as a result. Tourism is a main source of income for Egypt.

Last update: Fri, 25/03/2016 - 16:42

More from World

EU-Canada summit gets green light despite trade deal setback

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Brussels for an EU-Canada summit despite resistance in the...

ICC: South Africa, Burundi withdrawal "watershed moment" for justice

The African continent experienced a "watershed moment" for justice after South Africa and Burundi announced their...

Nine shot dead in Central African Republic during protests

Nine people were shot dead in the volatile Central African Republic on Monday, hospital sources said, as hundreds of...

Kurds fend off Islamic State attacks as Baghdad-Ankara spat continues

Kurdish forces on Monday said they fended off two attacks by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq as Turkish and...

One killed, 100 injured in South Africa train collision

One person was killed and about 100 injured Monday when two passenger trains collided head-on in South Africa, the...