Russian experts to inspect security at Egyptian airports in February - Agency

Thursday 02-02-2017 01:33 PM

EgyptAir and EgyptAir Express planes are seen parked at Cairo Airport, Egypt October 30, 2016. Picture taken October 30, 2016.Reuters/Amr Dalsh

CAIRO, Feb 2 (Aswat Masriya) – Russian aviation specialists will inspect security measures at Egypt’s airports in the first half of February, Russia's Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said.

The security audit will include three airports, namely Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Hurghada airports, the minister said on Wednesday, according to Russian News Agency TASS.

"We are preparing for the trip; according to information available with me, there are no [Russian specialists - TASS] in Cairo now," the minister said.

Moscow suspended all flights to Egypt in the wake of a crash that took place in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 on board. The plane was heading from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg in Russia.

The flights have been suspended since then, pending an investigation into the crash with Russia sending several delegations to inspect security measures in Egyptian airports.

In August 2015, Egypt and Russia agreed on a roadmap for the resumption of Russian flights and tourism to Egypt.

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that flights will resume between both countries soon. 

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