Control Risks to review Sharm airport security Sunday: minister
Passengers from an Easy Jet flight to Britain which got cancelled wait at the airport of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh till they get another announcement, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Consultancy firm Control Risks will begin assessing security procedures at the Sharm al Sheikh airport starting Sunday; Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal told state news agency MENA Friday.

“A team from the London-based company will review the safety and security procedures used to check passengers and baggage along with the devices used by airport authorities and verify their compliance with international standards,” said Kamal.

The team is scheduled to submit its recommendations to the government, he added.

The moves comes as a step toward the implementation of an agreement signed between the Aviation Ministry and the Control Risks late December to follow up on securing Egyptian airports following the crash of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers that killed all 224 aboard late October.

In mid-January, a team from the company started the implementation of its contract with the Egyptian government by reviewing and assessing security measures at Hurghada International Airport. It is scheduled to assess security measures at Luxor airport mid-March, Kamal added.

The crash, which British officials suspect was caused by an onboard explosive, 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 news conference in December.

The London-based global Control Risks group has been operating 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.

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