Are the Russians finally going to lift their ban on direct Red Sea fights?
** #5 Are the Russians finally going to life their ban on direct flights to the Red Sea? A Russian aviation security delegation will reportedly be in town this week to inspect security measures at Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada airports, sources at the Sharm airport said yesterday, according to Al Masry Al Youm. No further details were provided. During a meeting with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Moscow last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that flights to both airports — which have been grounded since the 2015 Metrojet crash — would resume “in the nearest time,” but gave no indications as to the timeline. The State Information Service had announced before the meeting, however, that both leaders would reach an agreement that would pave the way for the resumption of direct flights from Moscow to the Red Sea destinations. Direct air travel between Cairo and Moscow resumed last April.