New explosive detectors to be installed outside Cairo Airport

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Feb 2016

The move comes as part of a concerted effort to boost security measures at Cairo International Airport

Cairo Airport
Egypt's Cairo international airport terminal 1 (Photo: Reuters)

Head of Cairo International Airport Mohamed Said announced on Tuesday the purchase of two explosive detecting devices at a cost of 18 million Euros ($19.6 million) to boost security measures around the airport.

Said explained that the devices will be located at outside checkpoints that inspect all vehicles and cars prior their entry to the airport.

For the past months, airport officials have been taking numerous measures inside and outside the airport aiming to increase security measures.

In November, new x-ray baggage scanners were installed in the departure hall of the airport.

The new measures were put in place following the 31 October crash of a Russian plane in Sinai which killed all 224 people on board.

Following the crash, Russia suspended all its flights to Egypt; while Britain suspended their flights to Sharm El-Sheikh.

France and Germany have also warned their citizens against visiting Egypt.

Since then, the tourism and the aviation ministries have been inviting security experts to evaluate the new security measures recently installed.

The measures have been hailed by Russian and Dutch airport security experts who arrived late November to review security at Cairo International Airport. 

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