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EasyJet to resume flights to Sharm El-Sheikh on 29 May if UK govt lifts ban

Flights have been suspended since the crash of a Russian airliner in October 2015

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Feb 2016
EasyJet plane in Sharm
An easyJet plane takes off from the airport in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6, 2015 (AFP)
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UK-based airline EasyJet will resume flights to Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on 29 May if the current ban on flights from the UK to the resort is lifted, the company said.

"If the UK government does not approve the resumption of flying, we will have to cancel the flights from and to Stansted airport nearer the time and you will have the option to either use the full value of your booking to travel to any other destination on the EasyJet network, or receive a full refund," a copy of a statement to customers reads.

Meanwhile, EasyJet's Egypt ground operations manager, Mina Roufail, told Ahram Online that flights between London and Sharm El-Sheikh are planned to take place twice a week.

"Flights will only be operating from London Stansted Airport; all other flights from other airports in London were cancelled due to the reduced number of customers now wanting to make the trip," he said.

A number of countries suspended flights to Sharm El-Sheikh in November over security concerns after the crash of a Russian airliner in Sinai in October, killing all 224 people on board.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for downing the plane, and Russian officials confirmed in November that it was a terrorist attack.

Egypt has not yet released its final official report on the disaster, maintaining in its most recent statements that its technical investigative committee "has so far not received any evidence indicating criminal or terrorist activity."  

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