Egypt to inspect security at Istanbul Ataturk Airport out of ‘reciprocity’
Turkish Airlines

CAIRO: An Egyptian delegation will inspect security measures Istanbul Ataturk Airport in May in the principle of “reciprocity,” and inspections at major European airports will be prioritized according to the “risk factor,” an official source at Egypt Air told Youm7 Monday.

Turkish Airlines contacted Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Airport to approve dispatching a delegation to inspect security procedures before it resumes flights to the resort, an official source at the Egyptian airport told Youm7 in March; Turkey suspended trips to the country after a Russian plane crashed over the Sinai Oct. 31, 23 minutes after taking off from the Sharm al Sheikh airport. .

The source said Turkey would resume flights in April, but it has not thus far.

A number of European countries banned flying to Egypt in the aftermath of the crash, and Egypt intensified security at its airports and hired U.K.-based Control Risks to increase safety standards. Since then, several security delegations from different countries have inspected security protocol at Egyptian airports as a prerequisite to resuming flights.

An Egyptian delegation headed to London City Airport Sunday in order to benefit from the British security’s expertise, a security source at Cairo Airport told Youm7.

Chief of the Security Sector at Cairo International Airport Gamal Aboul Saud headed the security delegation to London to inspect safety measures, from a passenger’s entrance until boarding, including searching passengers and luggage and measures taken on flights bound to Egypt, the source added.

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