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Russia to Inspect New Security Measures at Cairo Airport

Delegation of Russian experts arrives in Cairo as part of ongoing work to monitor the measures taken at Egyptian airports to ensure flight safety, according to a source in the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.

A passenger walks to a shuttle bus to board a plane at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, south Sinai, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
Russian Experts to Start Inspections of Security at Egyptian Airports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A delegation of Russian experts arrives on Monday in Egypt at the invitation of the Egyptian side to check the new security measures taken at the Cairo International Airport, a source in the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation told Sputnik.

"On Monday evening, a delegation of Russian experts arrives as part of ongoing work to monitor the measures taken at Egyptian airports to ensure flight safety," the source said.

According to the source, the experts will work for three days at the second terminal of the airport, which is expected to host flights to and from Moscow in the future.

"They will inspect new security measures during pre-flight checks of passengers, luggage, cargo, and airport employees in these zones, as well as procedures for access to the runway. Various security cameras will be checked," the source added.

The Egyptair logo is seen at the arrivals section of Cairo International Airport, Egypt, Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A few days ago Egypt completed installation of biometric equipment for employees' access control to the second terminal, the runway and the baggage and cargo areas, according to the source.

Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt after an Airbus A321 plane flying to St. Petersburg crashed on the Sinai Peninsula soon after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh on October 31, 2015, killing all 224 people aboard.

Following the crash, Russia suggested that Egypt should increase security measures and sign a joint Egypt-Russia aviation security protocol. Egypt undertook massive security upgrades in its airports after the incident in an effort to comply with Russian demands and resume air traffic, however, the negotiations on resuming flights between the states have stalled in recent months.

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