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British Airways 'indefinitely' suspends flights to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh

Several other British airlines have suspended their flight services to Sharm El-Sheikh for the rest of summer

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Jun 2016
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British Airways has "indefinitely" extended its suspension of flights to the Egyptian Red Sea Resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the major British airline announced on Tuesday.

A number of European airlines and governments banned flights to Sharm El-Sheikh over security concerns after a Russian passenger jet crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing all the 224 people on board.

The announcement by the airline on Tuesday came despite earlier statements by a regional BA official that flights would resume in September.

"The safety and security of our customers will always be our top priorities and we have suspended our flights from Gatwick to Sharm El-Sheikh indefinitely," the British Airways Tuesday statement read.

“Customers who hold bookings on any cancelled services for the coming winter season can claim a full refund or can use the money to cover a new booking with us for an alternative destination," it added.

Following the October 2015 crash, the British government halted direct flights between Sharm El-Sheikh Airport, from which the passenger jet had departed, and British airports. It has since deployed expert teams to assess security practices at Egyptian airports, but flights to South Sinai have yet to be resumed.

Several other British airlines, including easyJet, Thomson and First Choice, had cancelled flights to Sharm El-Sheikh for the rest of the summer.

Tourism, a pillar of the economy and a key source of hard currency for Egypt, has taken a blow since the plane crash, with Sharm El-Sheikh believed to be suffering the most.

The country's travel industry is believed to have been hurt by two other incidents, including a hijacking of an EgyptAir flight in March by a man wearing a fake suicide belt that hurt no one and the crash of an EgyptAir flight in the Mediterranean in May, killing all 66 on board.

Last month, Egypt's Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed called on the British and Russian governments to reconsider their flight ban. 

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Sam Enslow
22-06-2016 02:33pm
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Regeni?
The EU has stated its position on the Regeni torture/murder. The reaction was the usual lashing out by Egypt which satisfied no one. Egypt will find that things just will not happen. No fuss will be made. No efforts made to expedite projects to benefit Egypt. Egypt makes a mistake if it believes Italy and the EU will allow this matter to just go away.
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Ruru
22-06-2016 08:29am
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What do the Brits know?
Interesting move by BA. Does this mean that the Brits know something the Egyptians don't? The Brits have long worked hand-in-hand with so-called Islamist groups (and no, it's not a conspiracy theory). Or is Saudi Arabia about to make Egypt pay for the court's ruling on Tiran and Sanafir? The Saudis seem to have a hand in ISIS and other attacks on Egypt...
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Yasmina
22-06-2016 02:12am
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A way around
If airlines won't fly to Sharm, perhaps it's time for regional cooperation to give birth to a new industry. Some small cruise ships that can sail from ports in Jordan to Sharm, leaving them for a few days as they make other runs, and pick them up when they are scheduled to leave. Saudi Arabia is also talking about developing its own tourist industry. This reciprocity could enhance tourism for more than one county; and most people enjoy a cruise.
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Al
22-06-2016 07:09pm
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Saudi cruise ships ?
These would be either floating Wahhabi Madrasas or 'gentlemen clubs with extras' and neither would be good for Egyptian tourism reciprocity!
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Al
21-06-2016 09:16pm
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Soul search
No airlines have suspended flights to Paris, Amsterdam, or Kuala Lumpur after planes crashed or went missing. Why the world airlines canceled their flights to Egypt? Can we get off our high horse for a minute, put aside who’s an MB and who’s a police state thug, and just ask ourselves “what are we doing wrong, how can we fix it, and let’s not blame Martians this time for all our ills”!
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