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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Russia flights pushed to April -sources

The resumption of direct air travel between Cairo and Moscow has been pushed to April, unnamed Cairo Airport officials confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday “citing delays in booking procedures and the reopening of offices of the countries’ national airlines.” This comes as Russia’s Transport Ministry spokesman tells newswire TASS that “all the parties involved” should work to speed up the process of resuming flights now that “‘all political decisions…have been taken [and] technical aspects have been settled.’”

It’s unclear where the delay is coming from. EgyptAir Chairman Safwat Musallam announced on Monday that the airline had moved its service to Moscow to its April roster, despite having already been assigned gates in both Cairo and Moscow airports. Russian President Vladimir Putin had approved the decision back in January, after both sides signed an aviation security protocol, agreeing to relaunch the route in February.

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