Egypt announces implementing all airport security measures recommended by Russia

Thursday 02-02-2017 07:36 PM

Cairo International Airport - Reuters

CAIRO, Feb 2 (Aswat Masriya) – Egypt has implemented all security measures recommended by Russia in order to resume flights between both countries, chairperson of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation 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.

Mohamed Mahrous, chairperson of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, said on Thursday that the Russian requests included installing biometric access systems to track the arrival and departure of airport staff as well as inspecting employees when entering the airports.

“Any further comments from the Russian side will represent a surprise for us,” Mahrous said.

This comes one day after Russia's Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Russian aviation specialists would inspect security measures at Egypt’s airports in the first half of February.

He added that the security audit would include Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Hurghada airports.

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