MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) – On 20 April Belavia resumed charter flights to Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) after a break of several months, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian air carrier.
“Belavia resumes charter flights to the city which is called the Pearl of the Red Sea. Today we will begin flights to Sharm el-Sheikh,” reads the carrier's page on Facebook.
The company plans to fly to the Egyptian city once every 10 days. “We do not sell tickets for charter flights. Tickets can be purchased from our customer - a travel company, or through travel agents,” specialists noted.
Belavia suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh for commercial reasons on 10 December. Previously, Belavia Director General Anatoly Gusarov explained: "We took this decision on the heels of the decrease in the demand for holidays there.” Belavia continued to operate flights to Hurghada as planned.
The company will definitely resume flying to Sharm el-Sheikh in the new season, Igor Cherginets, Deputy Director General for Marketing and Foreign Economic Affairs at Belavia, assured earlier. Booking and sale of Egypt tours for the spring and summer holidays have been on since winter months. He drew attention to the fact that no other reasons but the commercial ones influenced the decisions on the restoration of flights from Minsk to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Unlike last winter, the demand for charter flights to Egypt in the winter of 2014 was very high. Back then the passenger traffic on this route increased nearly five times over 2013.
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 2015 Belavia carried over 2 million passengers.