XIAMEN, September 4. /TASS/. Russian experts have positively assessed one of terminals in the airport of Egypt’s capital, Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said Monday.
"At the meeting of Russian and Egyptian presidents I’ll be reporting to heads of the two countries that the Egyptian side has gone to considerable lengths to intensify aviation and transport security measures in Egyptian airports, particularly in the Cairo Airport. Having studied the security situation in Terminal 2 of the Cairo Airport, our experts gave a positive assessment of what they had seen," Sokolov said.
Meanwhile, he refused to say whether he plans to recommend resumption of aviation service between the two countries at the upcoming meeting of presidents due to the positive assessment of one of the terminals.
As reported earlier Russian aviation experts inspected the Cairo Airport in end-July.
On February 17, the Russian government approved the aviation safety protocol between the Russian Federation and Egypt drafted by Russia’s Transport Ministry. The protocol implies that Russia’s representatives will monitor the accomplishment of aviation safety measures by Egyptian specialists in the country's international airports. The time of flights resumption depends on the accomplishment of aviation safety requirements by the Egyptian side.
Negotiations on resuming flights between Russia and Egypt have been underway since late 2015. Moscow suspended air service with Egypt in November 2015 after a terrorist attack on board an A321 jet from Russia’s air carrier Kogalymavia that was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to Russia’s St. Petersburg. The passenger airliner crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early on October 31. All 224 people onboard, including 217 passengers and the seven-member crew, were killed.