20 Feb 2018 12:56

Russian Transport Ministry urges relevant agencies to accelerate resumption of Moscow-Cairo flights

MOSCOW. Feb 20 (Interfax) - The Russian Transport Ministry has urged relevant agencies to accelerate the resumption of regular flights between Moscow and Cairo, a ministry representative told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Every political decision required to resume flights between Moscow and Cairo has been made, and every technicality has been sorted out. The Transport Ministry is urging all agencies engaged in this process to speed up the resumption of flights," the representative said.

EgyptAir CEO Safwat Musallam has announced that air traffic between Cairo and Moscow may resume by late April, Egyptian media reported earlier on Tuesday. Before that, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that regular air travel between the two capitals would resume in the second half of February. Sokolov said there would be five flights per week to begin, including three performed by EgyptAir and two by Russia's Aeroflot .

Musallam explained the delay by referring to the summer schedule, which will take effect in April and provide higher air-travel efficiency. He also said that each company has the right to decide when to start those flights.