British govt lifts ban on direct flights to Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh resort
Menna Alaa El-Din, , Tuesday 22 Oct 2019

British government has removed a ban on direct flights to Egypt's Sharm El Sheikh resort, a statement read on Tuesday.

The British government has today informed airlines that it no longer advises against flying to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Airport, British embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” British minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison said.

The UK had banned direct flights to Sharm El-Sheikh in the wake of the downing of a Russian passenger jet in October 2015, which killed all 224 people on board.

Egypt has since boosted security procedures at its airports.

On his part, British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said “This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights.

“We will also continue our work with Egyptian officials to ensure the safety and security of British nationals, which remains our top priority.” Adams added.

According to the statement, the number of UK tourists have grown in recent years, despite the restriction on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh.

There were approximately 415,000 British visitors to Egypt in 2018.