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Russia bans Egypt Air from flying to Moscow

Published 13/11/2015

Egypt Air has been banned from flying to Russia
Egypt Air has been banned from flying to Russia

Egypt Air has been banned from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly plane crash in October.

Russian state aviation agency Rosaviatsiya formally notified Moscow's Domodedovo airport, where all flights by Egypt's national carrier arrive, that the ban will be effective from Saturday, an airport spokesman said.

The agency did not give any immediate reason for the ban on flights.

The move follows Russian president Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend all Russian flights to Egypt after the crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt on October 31 that killed all 224 people on board.

Moscow said the ban was necessary because of concerns about security at Egypt's airports.

US and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane was brought down by a bomb on board shortly after it took off from Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh en route to St Petersburg.

Russia and Egypt said the statements were premature as the official crash probe has not concluded. The flight ban, however, suggests that Russia takes the prospect extremely seriously.

Russia's national flag carrier Aeroflot announced on Friday that it will not fly to Egypt until March 27 2016.

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