EgyptAir to resume flights to Moscow on Saturday: Russian tour operators

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Apr 2022

EgyptAir will resume its daily direct flights to Russia starting on Saturday, Association of Tours Operators Russia (ATOR) announced on Thursday.


According to the statement by ATOR, EgyptAir’s booking system stated that the flights will depart Cairo International Air at 9:30am local time and will arrive at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 03:55pm. The 5 hour and 25 minute flight will be on board a Boeing 737-800.

The statement also noted that a one-way flight from Moscow to Cairo will cost USD 447.

ATOR said that Egypt’s national air carrier suspended its flights to Russia in early March due to “problems with insurance,” but those problems have been resolved as the Egyptian Ministry of Finance acted as a guarantor for the insurance of EgyptAir’s aircraft.

Last week, Egypt’s parliament approved a law that allows the finance minister to provide EgyptAir with an insurance guarantee covering risks including wars or hijacking that flights to Russia might face.

EgyptAir has not released a statement on the resumption of the flights yet. When Ahram Online checked, its current schedule for Saturday’s flights to Moscow gives an error.

Nevertheless, according to Google Flights, EgyptAir has a daily flight from Cairo International Airport to Domodedovo airport starting on 11 April on board a Boeing 737 with a cost of $411 for the one-way trip. 

The trip will depart Cairo International airport at 9:30am local time and will land at Domodedovo airport at 3:55pm

Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency reported on Friday that the first direct flight by Russian airlines Aeroflot arrived in Cairo International Airport from the Russian city Sochi.

Ria Novosti also reported that Russian airline “Russia”, which is a subsidiary of Aeroflot, will launch in April flights from Sochi to 17 foreign destinations, including Cairo. Ria Novosti added that the airline will launch daily flights to Cairo on domestically produced Superjet aircraft.

Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, two Russian airlines – Aeroflot and Ural Airlines – have recently suspended flights temporarily to and from Egypt and several other countries due to the “circumstances that prevent the performance of flights."

On Monday, Russia announced it decided to lift coronavirus restrictions on 9 April on flights to 25 countries including Egypt.

On 1 April, Egypt’s Ambassador to Moscow Nazih El-Najari met with the Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Zarina Docguzova where they discussed ways to resume flights between Egypt and Russia normally despite the sanctions.

According to the Russian embassy in Cairo, El-Najari and Docguzova discussed the possibility of using the Russian Mir payment system in Egypt to enable electronic payment between the two countries.  

Egyptian officials have repeatedly said in the past few weeks that the decisions to suspend flights to Egypt from Russia and Ukraine due to the war in Ukraine were a “big hit” to the Egyptian tourism sector as both countries are main exporters of tourists to Egypt.

According to Russian Ambassador to Egypt Georgy Borisenko, about 125,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt during the first two weeks of 2022 and that 700,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2021.


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