Turkish Airlines requests security checks at Sharm before resuming flights

CAIRO: Turkish Airlines requested to send a security crew to Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in Egypt to assess safety procedures before resuming flights to the resorts in April, an official source at the airport told Youm7 Thursday.

The airport referred to Turkish Airlines to the Civil Aviation Ministry for approval.

Turkish Airlines was one of the airlines to dispatch the most charter flights to the Red Sea resort with large number of tourists from different nationalities through Istanbul Ataturk Airport and other airports, the source added.

Several countries suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, and some to Egypt after a Russian plane crashed over Sinai Oct. 31. Some of these countries, such as the U.K., have dispatched security crews to Egyptian airports to review the system.

Many of these countries have resumed flights or have announced a date to fly back into Egypt. The U.K.’s EasyJet resumed flights to Sharm al-Sheikh May 29, while British Airways will begin flying to Egypt in September for the first time since late October 2015, Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou said earlier in March.

The Egyptian authorities have also sought tourist influx from markets new to Egypt, such as Czech Republic, Morocco, Poland, Spain and other states.

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