Sunday, August 19The Voice of London

Egypt Restricts Number Of U.K. Rescue Flights

Brits remain stranded in Sharm El-Sheikh, as Egyptian authorities have limited the number rescue flights back to the U.K.
Words: Tessa Ross, Subeditor: Grace Faulkner

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The first of two EasyJet flights scheduled to leave Sharm El-Sheikh has departed. But, authorities have suspended outbound flights from the U.K. to Sharm El-Sheikh. Only 339 EasyJet passengers are expected to get home today.

The U.K. government cancelled flights to and from Sharm El-Sheikh on Wednesday with the fear that a Russian aircraft was brought down by a terrorist bomb.

An estimated 19,000 U.K. holidaymakers are currently at the popular Egyptian resort. Many were set to return to London airports today. EasyJet said: “The Egyptian authorities have currently suspended U.K. airlines from flying into Sharm El-Sheikh, which means that our flights will not now operate today… We are working with the U.K. government at the highest level on a solution. In the meantime we are also developing a contingency plan so we can bring our customers home as early as possible, once we get permission to fly”.

Many people have been left confused as to why this is happening. Updates will follow.