Egypt, Russia sign protocol before resumption of flights

The Russian government has ratified a protocol with Egypt on maintaining the safety and security of civil aviation, the Russian government announced in a statement on its official website.

The protocol assigns Russian aviation experts to monitor the degree of commitment to safety procedures at Egyptian airports, according to the statement.

The resumption of flights between the two countries depends on Egypt's commitment to the safety and security measures stated in the protocol, the statement added. 

In October of 2015, the tourism sector received a deadly blow from the downing of a Russian airplane, prompting international charter agencies to cancel their flights to Egypt.
Several countries then demanded that certain security measures be implemented at Egyptian airports for the resumption of direct flights to be considered.
Russia, which had halted all flights to and from Egypt after the 2015 incident, sent several Russian expert delegations in 2016 to inspected the security measures at Egyptian airports.
Meanwhile, after making a deal with British security firm Control Risks for a complete overhaul of airport security operations, the Egyptian government has invited experts from several nations to inspect security arrangements now in place at all its international airports.

Egypt and Russia's ministries of aviation agreed in September 2016 on the development of a joint agreement that states safety measures that should be followed by Egypt to resume flights.

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