Egypt to announce company to overview airport security Tuesday
Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The company that will be tasked with assessing security at Egyptian airports will be announced in a Tuesday press conference, Youm7 reported.

Anonymous sources told Youm7 that a ministerial committee tasked with selecting a security company approved the application of a U.K. company and rejected that of a U.S. one.

The committee is formed of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal and Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou. Kamal and Zazou will hold the press conference Tuesday.

The designated company would evaluate security and safety procedures, training and equipment at the airports and submit recommendations to “exceed international standards.”

It would also be tasked with assisting security bodies to apply the recommendations and periodically evaluate procedures at airports.

On Oct. 31, a Russian plane crashed over Sinai after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, killing all those on board. While Egypt has stated that investigations have not revealed a “terrorist act” thus far, Russia has said it believes that is the reason that led to the tragedy. Egypt’s airports have come under intensified scrutiny since then amid international concerns over the safety of planes departing from the country.

Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad

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