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17 Dec 2015

Belavia to perform flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada next summer

KHARKOV, 17 December (BelTA) – Belavia intends to perform flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada in the next summer season, Igor Cherginets, Deputy Director General for Marketing and Foreign Economic Affairs at OAO Belavia airline, told reporters, BelTA learned.

“In the new season we will resume flying to Sharm el-Sheikh. That’s for sure. Booking and sale of Egypt tours for the spring and summer are already underway,” Igor Cherginets said. He drew attention to the fact that no other reasons but the commercial ones influence the decisions on the restoration of flights from Minsk to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Igor Cherginets said that last winter the demand for charter flights to Egypt was very high. In 2014 the passenger traffic on this route increased nearly five times over 2013.

On 10 December, Belavia suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh for commercial reasons. Previously, Belavia Director General Anatoly Gusarov explained: "We took this decision on the heels of the decrease in the demand for holidays there.” Belavia continues to operate flights to Hurghada as planned.

Belavia is the largest air carrier in Belarus by the number of passengers and cargoes it transports. In January 2014 the Belarusian airline acquired a legal status of an open joint stock company. Belavia operates 27 aircraft, and offers regulars flights to 46 destinations in Europe and Asia. Belavia joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 1997 and the European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) in 2010. In January-August 2015 Belavia's passenger traffic increased by 5% over the same period last year.

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