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Resumption of Russian flights to Cairo postponed till end of February

Airport staff walk under Aeroflot's Moscow-Havana flight aircraft at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport in this file photo. (Reuters)
CAIRO: Officials at Cairo’s International Airport were informed Friday by Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, that the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt will be postponed till the end of February.
A report by the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said a memo from Aeroflot stated that flights will be postponed for another week citing “necessary permits.”
“Aeroflot is currently waiting on security approvals and necessary permits to resume flights to Cairo from Russian authorities,” the memo read, as quoted by Al-Ahram.
Recent reports said flights were going to resume during the first week of February as per an aviation security agreement between both countries.
However, Russia’s Domodedovo Airport postponed the scheduled flights for a second time, pushing it further to Feb. 27, the newspaper report said.
Officials from both countries have been working to resume direct Russian flights to Cairo after they were suspended in the aftermath of a terror attack in 2015.
This resumption will be the first since the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai, en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, claiming the lives of 217 passengers.

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