Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry signed an agreement on Wednesday with British Control Risks to evaluate security measures at Egyptian airports.
Egypt has faced mounting demands to strengthen and upgrade security at its airports following the downing in Sinai of a Russian passenger jet in October that killed 224 on board and is believed to be the result of an IED planted by Islamic State affiliates.
Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal and Control Risks Middle East Director Andreas Carleton Smith signed the deal in the presence of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.
According to Kamal, the agreement will be enforced on two stages, with the first one lasting for six months maximum for a cost of less than US$700,000, covering the airports of Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam. It shall see the company giving advice on security measures and equipment required to be added, as well as training needed for workers.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm