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Russia, Egypt resume direct flights two years after attack

AFP  |  Moscow 

and are to resume direct flights today following a more than two-year hiatus after a bomb downed a Russian charter over the in 2015.

officials stopped direct flights citing security concerns after the attack, in a major blow for the Egyptian economy, which relies heavily on tourism and had been a popular destination for Russians.

Today evening an plane is due to take off from to Cairo, in a first step towards restoring flights to holiday destinations on the

Tomorrow, will restart its service between the two capitals, and the two companies will together carry out five return flights between and a week.

But the move in itself will not immediately help Egypt's troubled tourism sector, Russian officials have said.

"Tourists do not need direct flights to The transfer from to sea resorts is long and uncomfortable, and no one will be going there in that way," told AFP.

"In practice, the situation is the same as it was before, when people would get there independently via or -- either big fans of or Russians who live there," she said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 08:10 IST