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Turkish Airlines to resume flights to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh starting 10 September

Direct flights between Istanbul and Sharm El-Sheikh were suspended after the downing of a Russian airliner in October last year

Menna Alaa El-Din , Wednesday 10 Aug 2016
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A Turkish Airlines plane prepares to take off at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul May 15, 2013 (Reuters)
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Turkey's national carrier Turkish Airlines is set to resume flights to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh in September following ten months of suspension, their office in the resort town confirmed to Ahram Online.

According to the carrier's office, the first flight from Istanbul to Sharm El-Sheikh will leave on 10 September at 23:30 local time.

The first flight from Sharm El-Sheikh back to Istanbul is scheduled on 11 September at 01:45 local time.

Turkish Airlines is set to operate four flights per week to and from the Egyptian resort.

Flights from Istanbul to Sharm El-Sheikh by the flagship carrier have been on halt since November 2015, following the downing of a Russian airliner over central Sinai in October that year, killing all 224 people on board.

A number of European airlines and governments introduced restrictions on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh over security concerns following the Russian airliner disaster.

While most of the countries have not yet overturned the ban, Germany decided in May to ease restrictions on air flights between its airports and Sharm El-Sheikh, allowing direct air trips to and from the popular beach town.

Tourism, which has taken a blow since the plane crash, is an important source of foreign currency for Egypt. The country has been seeking billions in foreign financing facilities to address a severe hard currency shortage with FX reserves down to $15.5 billion in July.

 

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