Airlines cancel further flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

Flights from Scotland to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled for at least two more weeks. Picture: Contributed
Flights from Scotland to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled for at least two more weeks. Picture: Contributed
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SCOTTISH flights to Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled for at least another two weeks, while British Airways and easyJet have postponed the resumption of services from England until the New Year.

Thomson Airways, which flies to the Egyptian resort from Edinburgh and Glasgow, said it has halted all flights to the Red Sea destination until after Wednesday, December 9.

EasyJet, which has some 5000 passengers booked to Sharm el-Sheikh, has suspended flights until around January 6.

BA said its flights would be suspended until January 14, and then kept under review.

The moves follow security concerns after the terrorist bombing of a Russian aircraft on October 31.

Flights to the resort were suspended by the UK Government on November 4 after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed, killing 224 people.

Islamic State jihadis have claimed responsibility. EasyJet said “the situation is beyond our control and passenger safety will always be our number one priority”.

A spokeswoman said: “To help provide some certainty for passengers over the Christmas period, easyJet will be cancelling all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh until January 6 and offering our passengers the choice of a full refund, a flight voucher or a flight to another destination within the easyJet network such as the Canary Islands.”

A BA spokesman said: “The safety and security of our customers will continue to be our top priorities in any decisions we may make.”

Flights to and from the Egyptian resort were suspended earlier this month after evidence emerged that the Russian plane crash was caused by an explosive device.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered flights to be delayed as a precautionary measure as he held a high-security Cobra meeting into the crisis.

A specialist British team was also sent to assess security arrangements in the resort, while extra consular staff were deployed to the ­airport.

Mr Cameron held talks today with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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