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Russia's Aeroflot to operate daily flights between Moscow and Cairo during World Cup

Ahram Online , Reuters , Tuesday 13 Mar 2018
Egypt fans display banners during the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Congo at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on 8 October, 2017 (Reuters)
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Russia’s biggest airline Aeroflot said on Tuesday it would operate daily flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals during the summer World Cup.

"From 12 June to 2 July flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily. This is due to increased demand for air transportation during the World Cup," Aeroflot said in a statement on its official website.

Egypt is expected to be cheered on by thousands of fans in Russia as they make their first World Cup appearance in 28 years.

They were drawn in Group A of the football's most prestigious showpiece along with hosts Russia, South American powerhouses Uruguay and Arab Gulf side Saudi Arabia.

Aeroflot also said it would restart flights to Cairo on 11 April, resuming civilian air traffic more than two-and-half years after the bombing of a tourist jet.

Russia and Egypt held talks to resume flights for months after air traffic was stopped in October 2015 when a bomb on a Russian flight from Egypt’s popular tourist resort of Sharm El-Sheikh killed all 224 people on board.

The flight suspension hit Egypt’s tourism industry, a key source of hard currency. It also reduced holiday options for Russian tourists who were drawn to Egypt’s all-inclusive accommodation, Russian-speaking staff and relatively affordable prices.

The Russian flag carrier will restart flights to Egypt after a "substantial increase in security measures”. Aeroflot said it would have three flights a week from Moscow to Cairo, on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays.

Return flights, from Cairo to Moscow, will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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