RUSSIAN EXPERTS TO COMPLETE INSPECTION OF AIRPORTS IN EGYPTIAN RESORT CITIES BY JAN 16

CAIRO, Egypt, Two groups of Russian experts have begun to review security measures being taken at Egypt’s resort cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, sources in Cairo told Russia’s TASS news agency.

“Two groups of Russian experts arrived in Egypt on Wednesday. They are now inspecting the airports in two resort cities. The inspections are expected to be completed by Jan 16,” the sources said.

The experts will examine security control systems, installed at the airports, including security cameras, capable of storing footage for a month, as well as, the new personnel bio-metric access systems, which will be used for

scanning fingerprints and retina.

Moscow suspended air service with Egypt, after a Russian passenger plane crashed over Sinai on Oct 31, 2015, as a result of a terrorist attack. Egypt’s authorities hired experts of the Control Risks British company, who were

reviewing security measures at Egyptian airports throughout 2016. Russian experts have also conducted several inspections.

Bio-metric equipment has already been installed at Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada international airports, at Moscow’s request. Members of the Falcon Group private security company have been deployed there.

Mohamed Saeed Mahrous, chairperson of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, said, the new system would be put into operation at Cairo airport’s Terminal 2, today.

According to Egypt’s authorities, the Russian experts will have an opportunity to take part in security checks and inspection of aircraft flying to Russia.

The time frame for resuming air service between Moscow and Cairo has not been determined yet. However, Terminal 2 of Cairo International Airport is considered to be ready to serve Russian citizens, as far as security goes.

In Dec, 2016, Russian Transport Minister, Maksim Sokolov, said, air service between the two countries was likely to be resumed in Jan, 2017.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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