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British Airways, Easyjet cancel Sharm el-Sheikh flights until new year

AFP , Tuesday 24 Nov 2015
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easyJet have cancelled flights to and from Sharm el Sheikh until January 6 Credit: (PA)
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National carrier British Airways and budget airline Easyjet on Tuesday cancelled all flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh until next year over security concerns raised by the downing of a Russian jet.

"As a result of government advice not to carry any further customers to Sharm el-Sheikh, all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including Thursday 14 January 2016 will be cancelled," British Airways said in a statement.

The airline last week said it had cancelled all flights up to and including December 17.

Easyjet earlier announced it had extended its cancellations.

"We can now confirm we will be cancelling all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh until 6 January," the airline said in a statement.

It had already cancelled all outgoing flights up to November 25, but has been shipping holidaymakers back from the resort.

Britain temporarily suspended flights to the Red Sea resort, a popular destination for British tourists, immediately after a Russian plane went down on October 31 in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.

Last week Russia confirmed that a bomb brought down the plane and the extremist Islamic State group said it had smuggled an explosive on board at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the attack raised doubts about "the capability of the security on the ground" at the airport.

The British government is advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Easyjet operates flights from four British airports and an Italian airport to Sharm el-Sheikh.

All airlines operating between Britain and Sharm el-Sheikh have informed passengers in recent days of further cancellations.

Tour operator Thomas Cook on Monday announced its flight and holiday programme had been cancelled up to and including December 10.

TUI Group, which operates flights through its Thomson Airways, on Monday confirmed the cancellation of further outbound flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, through December 9, while Monarch airline has cancelled all flights through December 19.

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