Moscow has sent special flights to bring home about 80,000 tourists stranded in Egypt. The evacuation is expected to be finished within two weeks.


Earlier Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that the government will support the tourism industry hurt by the suspension of flights to Egypt, warning that resumption of tours will not come soon.


“It will not be a short period. Besides the return of our citizens, ensuring the safety of vacations in Egypt will probably take time,” Medvedev said at a meeting with his deputies.


Recall, that after the Oct. 31 airline disaster authorities made a resolution to evacuate all Russian tourists from Egypt. The first team of Russian inspectors has arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, to conduct security checks at the airport on Monday.