CAIRO: A team from the London-based Control Risks Group arrived at Hurghada International Airport Monday to evaluate and assess security measures at the airport, Youm7 reported.
The team was welcomed by airport chief, Sadeq al Shura, and the airport’s security director, Mohamed Hassan.
The visit comes as a first step toward the implementation of an agreement signed between the Aviation Ministry and the global company to follow up on securing Egyptian airports following the crash of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers that killed all 224 aboard late October.
The team started revising the safety and security procedures at the airport and verifying their compliance with international standards. The team is scheduled to submit its recommendations to the government and cooperating with the concerned bodies to support their implementation.
“The company will train security personnel at all Egypt’s airports on the latest methods of the security systems at international airports,” Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said in a press conference in December.
The crash of a Russian plane late October, which British officials suspect was caused by an onboard explosive, has damaged Egypt’s tourism industry and heightened airport security concerns globally.
“The crash has cost Egypt about 2.2 billion EGP ($281 million) per month in direct losses,” Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou announced in a press conference in December.
Control Risks has operated in the Middle East and North Africa for 15 years and has offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, according to Reuters.