Africa Watch:Egypt Air cargo flight flies to Moscow for first time since ban
An EgyptAir cargo service flight flew to Moscow for the first time since the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, that was followed by a suspension of flights between the two countries. Several foreign airlines have imposed travel bans on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh after a Russian passenger jet crashed over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.
Since the deadly incident, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all its airports. In recent months, a number of European airlines have resumed direct flights to the popular South Sinai tourist destination, including Turkish, Belgian and Polish companies. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a telephone call that Russian flights to Egypt would soon resume