Egypt, in nod to Russia, raising airport security to highest level

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Egypt, in an effort to bring back Russian tourists, has agreed to raise airport security to its highest level.

The highest level of security checks will be put in place at airports in Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.

Security checkpoint at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport.
Security checkpoint at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport.

Russia has indicated it may resume flights to Egypt next month, “Intourist” Deputy General Director Sergei Tolchin said.

Moscow stopped its airlines from flying to Egypt after the crash of a Russian passenger jetliner on Oct. 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai. All 217 Russian passengers and 7 members of the crew were killed in the terror attack which Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for.

The move by Egypt may have a positive effect for relations with Russia and the struggling tourist industry, lawyer Alexander Glushenkov told RIA Novosti.

“The tourist industry of Egypt is suffering very serious losses now after the Sinai plane crash. The Egyptian authorities are very interested in bringing Russian tourists, Russian tour operators and airlines back to Egypt. Naturally, they will be improving security measures, but they must guarantee that these security measures are consistent with the highest standards of security that are possible in the world today,” Glushenkov said.

“The tourist industry of Egypt suffers greatly because of the lack of direct flights to Egypt, so I think that many airlines will be interested to restore these routes. However, a lot depends on the political situation in the entire region of the Middle East,” he added.