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The Egyptian government has decided to hire a global risk consultancy firm to review and improve airport security.
After a review of costs and the capabilities of several companies, UK-based Control Risks Group was selected, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou announced at press conference in Cairo on Dec. 22. The value of the contract was not released.
The international airports at Cairo and Sharm El-Sheikh will be the first to be reviewed by Control Risks Group, Zaazou said.
Egypt made the move after its vital tourism industry suffered a major blow when a Russian Airbus A321 airliner was blown up and crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31. All 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists, were killed.
Russia rejected a statement by Egypt on Dec. 21 that said “the technical investigative committee has so far not received any evidence indicating criminal or terrorist activity” in the downing of the plane.
The Kremlin pointed to the findings of Russian investigators in November which indicated that a bomb was responsible for downing the airliner.
An audit by a team of Russian and Egyptian aviation experts is expected to help Russia determine whether it will soon resume air services between Moscow and Cairo.