The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) has not issued a single permit to Russian airlines for charter flights to Egypt, it follows from the order, published on the website of the department.
Rossiya Airlines, Ural Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Azur Air, Yakutia, S7, iFly, IrAero, Azimut and NordStar requested more than 230 admissions for flights from Russian cities – all these requests were denied.
The reason for the refusal was not specified in the document.
“The refusal to admit airlines to operate regular flights to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh is due to the lack of recommendations of the operational headquarters on the frequency and number of flights to Egyptian resorts,” explained RBC is a source connected with the Ministry of Transport.
According to the order, flights from Moscow to Sharm el-Sheikh were denied by six airlines that planned to operate 32 flights a week, and four airlines that were going to fly 17 times a week for flights from St. Petersburg to Hurghada.
Flights from Rostov-on-Don to Hurghada were refused by seven airlines with a total of 19 flights per week. In total, the waiver list includes 97 destinations from the capital and regional airports of Russia to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.
Charters to Egyptian Red Sea resorts were banned in November 2015 after a Russian plane exploded in the sky over the Sinai Peninsula on which vacationers were returning from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. The disaster killed 217 passengers and seven crew members.
On July 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled the 2015 decree and allowed the sale of tourist vouchers to this country.