First Turkish plane lands in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh in almost a year

Turkish Airlines set to operate four flights per week to and from the Egyptian resort

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Carrying passengers comprising 154 tourists, the first Turkish Airlines plane arrived early morning on Sunday at Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, and was received with traditional dances and song, and treated with flowers and candy, reported Ahram Online.

Quoting the state news agency MENA, the report said that the plane was initially scheduled to land late on Saturday, but was delayed for two hours.

The flight by Turkish Airlines was the first in over 10 months. The airline will operate four flights per week to and from Sharm El-Sheikh -- on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Itanbul had suspended flights to the Egyptian resort since November 2015 following the crash of a Russian airliner over central Sinai in October that year that killed all 224 people on board.

Security concerns after the Russian plane disaster resulted in many European airlines and governments introducing flight bans to Sharm El-Sheikh.

Since then, Cairo has been in talks with Russia and UK over resumption of flights to the touristic resort.

The two countries have sent teams to review security steps in place at the Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, with Egypt’s officials predicting flight resumption as early as October.

The plane crash dealt a severe blow to Egypt's already ailing tourism with the number of tourists dropping by 50 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year and revenues witnessed plunging 60 per cent during that period, according to country’s tourism authority.

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