CAIRO – Egypt has hired British consultancy Control Risks to help boost airport security, almost two months after a Russian airliner crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people. Moscow blamed a bomb onboard.
CEO Andreas Carleton-Smith says Tuesday that the company's objective is to make sure Egyptian airports comply with international aviation standards.
"Our role will be to review all existing security processes and procedures against international best practice," he said at a joint press conference with Egypt's aviation minister.
Tourism is a key industry for Egypt and one of its largest sources of foreign income. It has been hit hard by the fallout of the Russian plane crash, with Britain suspending flights to Sinai resorts and Russia suspending all flights to Egypt.