Egypt Independent

Russian security experts to inspect Hurghada International Airport



The Hurghada International Airport is preparing for the arrival of a Russian inspection committee containing security and aviation experts to inspect the airport’s security.

The inspection comes as part of Russia’s resumption of direct and charter flights to Hurghada, after the 2015 Metrojet Flight 9268 crash prompted the country to suspend flights between the two countries.

Flights resumed between Egypt and Russia in 2016, beginning with service between just Moscow and Cairo, and later expanding to highly sought-after tourist destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh.

According to sources, the inspection team will arrive between January 20 and 25, and plans to inspect the new security system in the airport’s Terminal 2.

The inspection will focus on the security and safety measures, including language security measures, security personnel placement, and the delivery of in-flight meals.

Both Egypt and Russia concluded that the crash of flight 9268 was caused by a bomb that was brought on to the airplane before it left Sharm el-Sheikh for St. Petersburg.

The Islamic State, who has a stronghold in Egypt’s North Sinai, took credit for the explosion shortly after it happened.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm