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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Russians finally return after Egypt sees 23% y-o-y surge in tourist arrivals in 1Q2018

Glory, hallelujah. The Russians are finally back. Tourist traffic to Egypt is expected to rise now that flights between Moscow and Cairo are officially back on after a more than two-year halt. Russian carrier Aeroflot touched down safely shortly after midnight last night at Cairo International Airport with 120 passengers on board, Al Shorouk reports. EgyptAir’s first flight to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport will take off at 9:35 am CLT.

There’s still no word on when Russia will resume flights to other destinations in Egypt, but the two countries are continuing to cooperate on making that happen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, TASS reports.

This comes as nearly 2.2 mn tourists visited Egypt in 1Q2018, a 23% y-o-y increase compared to the same period last year, according to CAPMAS figures carried by Youm 7. Germany remains our top inbound market since 2017, followed by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.

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