Russia suspends security checks at Cairo airport
Egypt seeks to resume tourist flights from Russia.
Moscow has suspended its additional security checks in Cairo International Airport which were instigated in 2015 in the wake of the deadly Russian airliner crash in which 244 people lost their lives in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Russia's transport minister Maxim Sokolov also said that Moscow is studying the possibility of resuming tourist flights between the two countries, suspended since 2015. Before the plane crash Russians made up almost 20 per cent of tourist arrivals to Egypt, the largest of any single country.
Sokolov's remarks come days after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Russia's suspension of extra security checks at Cairo follows Britain's recent lifting of a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport. The US lifted a similar ban in July. London and Washington had introduced the ban in March after intelligence suggested that Islamic State was developing a bomb concealed in personal electronic devices.
Cairo airport receiving an award for Best 2017 Air Safety in Africa, from the Airports Council International (ACI), in recognition of the airport’s efforts to improve its safety procedures.