Russia scraps ban on tourist flights to Egypt

The ban was implemented after a Russian airliner crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in 2015 

Vladimir Putin has lifted Russia's ban on charter flights to Egypt, following a six year hiatus on travel to the popular tourist destination. 

The President stopped services to the country after a terrorist attack brought down Metrojet Flight 9268 in October 2015, killing 224 people. The Airbus A321, destined for St Petersburg, had been carrying Russian holidaymakers back from Sharm el-Sheikh.  

Russia’s investigation concluded the aircraft had been destroyed by a bomb belonging to a group affiliated with Islamic State militants. 

Egyptian authorities have spent millions of dollars on upgrading its airport security in the years since to prevent similar tragedies from occurring again.  

In a statement by its foreign ministry, the African nation welcomed the decision saying that it looks forward to the quick return of Russian tourists to its popular resorts.