TRAVEL | EasyJet Joins Tui In Restarting Flights to Sharm el Sheikh

TRAVEL | EasyJet Joins Tui In Restarting Flights to Sharm el Sheikh

U.K. officials declared last autumn that it was safe again for direct flights to the Egyptian resort to resume.

EasyJet says it will restart flights to Sharm el Sheikh in June – more than four years after direct services from the U.K. were banned on safety.

The government stopped flights in November 2015 following the Islamic State bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after take-off from the Egyptian resort’s airport. All 224 people on board were killed.

The atrocity forced the U.K. to repatriate about 16,000 tourists in series of rescue flights as the airport’s security procedures were considered high risk.

Hundreds of thousands of U.K. holidaymakers visited the destination each year until the flight restrictions were imposed.

The Department for Transport announced in October last year that it was satisfied Egypt has bolstered security arrangements to the required standard.

The U.K.’s biggest travel operator, TUI, announced several weeks later that it would resume holidays in Sharm el Sheikh from February.

EasyJet said its services from Manchester will begin on 7 June – but flights from Gatwick will only resume on 30 September.

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