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Sharm el-Sheikh: UK should end flight ban - Egyptian ambassador

Saturday 12 January 2019 11:29 AM

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Direct flights from Britain to Sharm el-Sheikh should resume, the Egyptian ambassador to the UK has said.

Tarek Adel said Egypt had finished working with British security teams to upgrade its airports and was ready to welcome flights again.

All UK flights to beach resort Sharm el-Sheikh were banned in November 2015.

It followed the suspected bombing of a Russian airliner which killed all 224 people on board. The Islamic State group claimed it was behind the attack.

Sharm el-Sheikh previously attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from the UK each year, making it an important resort for airlines and holiday companies.

But despite travel firms calling for a decision on when UK flights to the Red Sea destination can resume, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against "all but essential by air to or from Sharm el-Sheikh".
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, broadcast on Saturday, the Egyptian ambassador said he hopes the UK government will decide to resume flights soon.

"British direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh have been suspended since November 2015 and since that date we have been working very closely with British technical and security teams to upgrade many of the facilities in Egyptian airports in general and Sharm el-Sheikh in particular," Mr Adel said.