With charters to Egypt the “Turkish” scenario is more than likely. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the Valdai Forum in Sochi, confirmed that charter flights to resorts to Egypt are "on the agenda", but clarified that the issue of flight safety between Russia and Egypt is not yet closed.
“As you know, we resumed flights between Moscow and Cairo. On the agenda is the opening of charters to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada. We discussed this issue with President Al-Sisi and I think that in the near future these routes may be opened. But our specialists of the Ministry of Transport and special services, who are engaged in security processing, with their Egyptian colleagues have to work a little more. We know what they should to do and in what time frame. I hope it will happen in the near future,” the Kremlin’s website cites Mr. Putin.
The sources of "Bulletin of ATOR", close to the aviation industry, suggest that there are no exact dates for the visit of Russian aviation security experts to the airports of the Red Sea resorts of Egypt.
“If everything goes well, then, as soon as the relevant decree of the President of the Russian Federation will be issued, it will need about a month before the departure of the first flight, because tour operators should sell these air seats and initialize their programs in Egypt with the support of Egyptian partners,” says the expert.
However, taking into account the international situation, as well as the experience of returning charters to Turkey, it is likely that at first not charter flights, but regular ones will fly to the Egyptian resorts and most likely to Hurghada.
“Such a procedure was in situation with Turkey in 2016, when regular flights to Antalya were first allowed, and after 2.5 months the charter flights were also allowed. The case with Egypt may be the same. In mass scale and immediately charters will not fly. Supposedly, about 600 flights per month - this is too sufficient traffic to begin with - everyone needs to have time to get ready. And only after that, in the period from 2 to 6 months, is it possible to gradually restore charter flights,” says one of the sources.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.