A British aviation security firm is to advise on aviation security at airports in Egypt, including Sharm el-Sheikh.
Part of the contract involves helping to train 7,000 security staff over the next six months.
The firm, Restrata, is to work with Egyptian private security firm Falcon Group International on establishing a training institute, which will support long-term sustainability of the partnership.
The announcement is the latest step in Egypt’s upgrading of its security to ensure a long-term, high level of security at all airports.
This comes against a backdrop of all flights from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh being grounded following last autumn’s downing of a Russian Airbus killing all passengers and crew on board.
British Airways has since suspended all flights to the Red Sea resort although others are considering resuming services for the winter, subject to a change in Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.
British ambassador to Egypt, 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.”
Nasser Kamel, UK ambassador of Egypt, said: “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.”
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