Russian planes airlift 300 tonnes of tourists' luggage from Egypt

The luggage will be unloaded by the services of Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports

Up to 300 tonnes of personal belongings of Russian tourists who were earlier flown home from Egypt on 142 transit flights have been airlifted to Russia on 12 flights since air traffic with Egypt was suspended, a Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman told Interfax.

"Six transport airplanes carrying the luggage of passengers from 36 flights are expected to arrive from Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh today," the spokesman said.

Russian tourists' luggage has been airlifted by ten transport airplanes, nine Ilyushin Il-76 planes and one Antonov An-124, provided by Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Volga Dnepr Airlines air carrier. The luggage will be unloaded and sorted by the ground services of Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports, and will be stored in specially allocated places pending its handover to its owners or further transportation to other regions.

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