The crisis with the Russian flights of the iFly airline to Egypt is over: tourists are safely sent home. This was stated in an interview with the newspaper Al-Masry Viktor Vorobyov, Consul General of Russia in Hurghada. The safe flight back to Russia for some 3,000 Russian tourists stranded in Egypt because Jordan closed airspace to iFly was made possible by alternative carriers, he said Thursday.
“Efforts have been made to solve the problem. This was attended by the consulate, officials of the tour operator “TEZ Tour” and a number of airlines that were organizing flights of alternative airlines to return tourists to Russia – including EgyptAir and Turkish Airlines.
As the consul added, ” stranded” tourists were in 5-star hotels at the expense of the tour operator, and as a result, on Thursday, at least the export operation was completed.
Recall that Pegasus was the first to face this problem, whose tourists were transferred to a Turkish carrier and they will be sent to the resorts of Egypt with an intermediate landing in Antalya for refueling. The reason for the change is the closure of Jordanian airspace for Nordwind. We are talking about Southwind Airlines. According to the tour operator, since it is a Turkish carrier, flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada will be operated with a stop in Antalya – Turks do not have the right to carry Russian passengers directly to a third country – only with a formal landing in Turkey. “The change was due to Jordan's ban on Nordwind aircraft flying over their country,” the tour operator also explains. Read more in this TURPROM article.
Further, the TEZ TOUR carrier, the iFly airline, also came under attack. For some reason, the Jordanian aviation authorities require London insurance from Russian carriers. At the same time, iFly is already the second airline – and the second tour operator – forced to solve this problem. According to ATOR, the carriers of several tour operators have already received a requirement from the aviation authorities of Jordan to provide an insurance certificate issued in London and classified A ++ in order to be able to use the airspace of this country. The problem is that on the route to Egypt, Jordanian airspace is critical – it is almost impossible to fly around. Especially for those air carriers that did not go through “debermudization” and did not return the aircraft to the Russian registry.
At the same time, tour operators proposed an original solution – an air corridor to Egypt through Syria. “In connection with the closure of its airspace by Jordan for all Russian air carriers on December 15, 2022, I Fly, which operates regular flights to Egypt on the order of TEZ TOUR, immediately notified the Federal Air Transport Agency (FAVT) and began developing alternative routes. Taking into account the previously imposed restrictions on the Russian Federation by a number of states, the only possible route was found, including a flight in the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic. The necessary permits were obtained from the aviation authorities of all countries along the I Fly route,” the TEZ TOUR press service told a TURPROM correspondent. Read more about the prospects for flights through Syria at this link.
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