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Egypt, Russia resume flights halted after 2015 attack

AP  |  Cairo 

and resumed direct flights today, more than two years after they were suspended in the wake of a bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Peninsula.

said a Moscow-bound flight took off from today, and that it will operate three such flights a week. An flight from carrying 124 passengers arrived in early Thursday.

"Even though air service between and has been interrupted for such a long time, the load factor on upcoming flights is more than 85 percent," said in a statement, adding that both airlines would offer daily flights from June 12 to July 2 to cope with heavy demand.

suspended flights after the 2015 attack, which killed all 224 people on board and was claimed by the extremist Islamic State group. Russian officials said a was detonated on board the plane, which had taken off from the main resort city of el-Sheikh.

Direct flights between and Egypt's popular resorts have yet to resume. Britain, another major source of visitors to Egypt, suspended flights to el-Sheikh after the attack.

The suspension of flights dealt a heavy blow to Egypt's vital tourism sector, which was already weakened by the years of unrest that followed the 2011 uprising.

has sought to improve airport security since the 2015 attack, spending millions of dollars and bringing in foreign experts.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:00 IST
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