Kazakhstan to resume air flights to Egypt in March

ASTANA (TCA) — The Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan on February 24 said that flights between Almaty (Kazakhstan) and the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh will be resumed in March.   

The Kazakh SCAT air company is planning to carry out direct flights from Almaty to Sharm el-Sheikh, and the Egyptian Fly Egypt air company is planning to run regular flights to Kazakhstan, also from March, two times per week.

In order to solve the question of resuming regular air communication between Kazakhstan and Egypt, the Committee of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Investment and Development, jointly with Egypt’s aviation safety authorities and the Kazakhstan Tourism Association, conducted an inspection of the aviation safety systems in the international airport of Sharm el-Sheikh, which gave a positive report, the ministry said.

Kazakhstan suspended flights to Egypt in November after a crash of a Russian passenger plane in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

A total of 224 people were killed when the Russian Airbus A321 crashed shortly after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh for a planned flight to St. Petersburg.

Investigators determined that an explosive device was detonated aboard the plane, and suggested an Egyptian airport employee loaded explosives into the baggage compartment.

Russian officials have said the crash was the result of a terrorist attack.

In the meantime, the press service of the Kazakh president said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will visit Kazakhstan and meet President Nursultan Nazarbayev on February 26.

Bilateral talks will focus on cooperation in trade and economy, agriculture, pharmaceutical industry, infrastructure, and transport, the press service said.