Egyptian flights cancelled over bomb scare
All flights from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh to Britain, have been affected by a bomb scare. This follows the reports that a Russian Metrojet plane crashed in the Sinai region on Saturday, minutes after taking off from Sharm for St Petersburg, with the British government saying that they believed the plane "may well have been brought down by an explosive device".
This means hundreds of tourists from Britain are going to be held up in Egypt.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Safety will always be the priority and that is why the Prime Minister on Tuesday night called (Egyptian) President Sisi to express concern and to ensure that the tightest possible security arrangements were put in place at Sharm el Sheikh."
"As a precautionary measure we have decided that flights due to leave Sharm el Sheikh this evening for the UK will be delayed and that will allow us time to ensure the right security measures are in place for flights."
Thomson Airways have also "has temporarily suspended flights to and from Sharm el Sheikh with immediate effect", while EasyJet are "doing all possible to keep passengers informed." Monarch have cancelled all flights to and from the area.
The government's official travel advice says, in Egypt, there's "a high threat from terrorism". They advise against travelling to North and South Sinai, the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions.
The say: "UK carriers will not take passengers directly to Sharm el Sheikh airport. We are working with the Egyptian authorities and air carriers to put special security measures in place which will permit travellers in Sharm el Sheikh to return by air, whether as scheduled at the end of their stay or before that if they wish. British nationals affected by this should contact their tour operators or carriers to arrange an orderly departure."
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