British security firm Restrata is setting up a new aviation security programme for Egypt’s airports, including Sharm el Sheikh. Following the appointment, Restrata will work with private Egyptian security company Falcon Group International to train 7,000 security staff over the next six months
The two firms also signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on establishing a training institute to support long-term sustainability of the programme.
The partnership between the two companies has already won the approval of both the British Ambassador to Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen travel links between the two countries.
Currently no British aircraft are allowed to fly to Sharm el Sheikh in the wake of last year’s suspected bombing of a Russian passenger jet, killing all 224 people on board.
British ambassador John Casson said: “Nothing is more important than the safety of British and Egyptian people as they travel between our countries.
“I’m proud that Britain is Egypt’s leading and most active partner on the road to a world class airport security system that could be a model for the world. Today’s new UK-Egypt partnership is another important step on that road.”
Egyptian ambassador to the UK Nasser Kamel added: “For months, Egypt has been working hard to upgrade security at its airports.
“Our joint action plan, which was developed in partnership with a number of countries, including the UK, France and Germany is delivering tremendous improvements in security.
“Only last month, the German government lifted its ban on flights to Sharm el Sheikh and the partnership with Restrata is another step towards our goal of creating a world class airport security system that provides the safe and secure environment that we and our visitors demand.
“Working closely with our international partners, we continue our efforts to demonstrate that our airports are ready to welcome tourists back to one of the world’s most popular destinations.”