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| 04 January, 2018

Russia resumes civilian flights to Cairo

The order was effective as of Jan 2.

An EgyptAir airline crew member walks near an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport. Image used for illustrative purpose.

An EgyptAir airline crew member walks near an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin authorised the resumption of regular civilian flights from Russia to Cairo, according to a document published on the government's website on Thursday.

The order was effective as of Jan 2.

Russia halted civilian air traffic to Egypt in 2015 after militants detonated a bomb on a Russian Metrojet flight leaving the tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 224 people on board.

The bombing and the Russian suspension were blows to Egypt's tourism industry, a key source of hard currency.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; editing by John Stonestreet)