On Wednesday, Russia resumes air traffic interrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic with the fifth country: flights to the Egyptian Cairo begin.
Only one Russian air carrier, Aeroflot, has announced the opening of flights to Egypt. Flights to Cairo will be performed from September 9th according to the following schedule: flight SU400 from Moscow airport “Sheremetyevo” to Cairo on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, return flight SU401 Cairo – “Sheremetyevo” on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. In addition, the Egyptian airline EgyptAir resumes flights between Cairo and Moscow from September 17.
Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, Russia ceased regular and charter flights with other countries from March 27. Exceptions were export flights as well as cargo, postal, sanitary and humanitarian flights, runs of empty airplanes for maintenance, transit flights with landing for refueling or crew change on the territory of the Russian Federation and flights carried out according to to some decisions of the Russian government.
From August 1 the Russian Federation resumed flights to Turkish Ankara and Istanbul, as well as to Great Britain. Besides that, flights to Tanzania were allowed, but there are no such flights yet. Flights to Turkish resorts – Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman – were resumed on August 10. From August 15, flights to Switzerland were resumed.
Last Thursday, the press service of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers reported that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to resume international flights with Egypt, UAE, and Maldives. As specified by Rosaviatsia, flights can be resumed from September 8. Aeroflot is expected to start flights to the Maldives on September 10 and to Dubai (UAE) on September 11.