EgyptAir Barred From Flying to Russia

EgyptAir Barred From Flying to RussiaEgyptAir Barred From Flying to Russia

Russia has banned EgyptAir from flying to the country, one of Moscow's airports and the company said in a statement, with Russian flights between the two already suspended following the Sinai plane crash.

Moscow's Domodedovo Airport said it had received a telegram from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) banning EgyptAir flights to Russian territory from Saturday, AFP reported.

Egyptian Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said authorities had received notice from Domodedovo and had cancelled a flight for Saturday, and "reserved seats on other airplanes for passengers from Cairo and those coming from Moscow".

The news comes a week after Moscow halted Russian flights to and from Egypt as fears mounted that the Metrojet Airbus crash in the Sinai Peninsula may have been caused by a bomb.

Russia says its flights are halted until adequate safety measures have been put in place at Egyptian airports. It has been flying out thousands of holidaymakers stranded in the country, although without any check-in luggage. A senior Kremlin official has said the flight ban to Egypt could last for months, and Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot said it was not scheduling any flights to Egypt before March 27.