Egyptian-Russian aviation security agreement is expected to be signed “in the coming period” within the framework of the developed road map, Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi said.
Russia grounded flights to and from Egypt after an Airbus A321 plane flying to St. Petersburg crashed soon after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh on October 31, 2015. All 224 people aboard died as a result of what was classified by the investigation as a terrorist attack.
“Negotiations on the relaunch of air travel and tourism between Russia and Egypt are in accordance with the road map worked out by the two sides and designed to bring the maximum mutual benefit. The signing of the bilateral agreement will be held in the coming period,” Fathi told Al-Wafd newspaper.
In September, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Egypt’s had significantly advanced airport safety levels in resort cities since the deadly terrorist attack last fall, but noted that it was too early to restore air traffic between the countries.