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Peterborough-based Thomas Cook cancels more flights to Sharm el Sheikh

Thomas Cook has cancelled all its flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh until November 25. Credit: Christoph Schmidt / PA wire.

Peterborough-based travel company Thomas Cook has cancelled all flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh until November 25.

Customers due to travel up to Thursday December 10 will be offered the chance to re-book their trips or cancel them.

Meanwhile two Thomas Cook flights will depart Sharm el Sheikh this evening, bringing holidaymakers back to the UK.

Stansted holiday jet 'avoided missile' two months ago

A Thomson plane reportedly once had to avoid a missile when landing at Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: Credit: PA

A British aircraft carrying 189 passengers from Stansted Airport had a near-miss with a military missile when landing at Sharm el-Sheikh airport just over two months ago, it has emerged.

The incident has come to light as British tourists in the Egyptian resort begin to return home following the grounding of flights amid security fears.

Reports of the incident say the Thomson aircraft had to take evasive action but landed safely. Thomson reported the incident to the Department for Transport.

A UK government spokesperson told ITV News: "We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time."


WATCH: Sharm el-Sheikh holidaymakers land safely back at Luton Airport

An easyJet flight carrying 179 passengers from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt has safely arrived back at Luton Airport.

easyJet had hoped to fly out hundreds more tourists on nine flights, but in the end the Egyptian authorities only allowed two to depart.

The other has gone to Gatwick. EasyJet hope to lay on more flights tomorrow.

Click below to see the flight land

easyJet flight to Luton Airport leaves Sharm el-Sheikh

easyJet have confirmed that their flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Luton Airport has just taken off.

The EZY9398 flight is due to arrive back in Bedfordshire at around 16:00.

There are 179 passengers on board.

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Passenger backlog at airport as extra flights 'suspended'

Crowds of British tourists continue to be stranded at Sharm el-Sheikh airport as they await news following reports that Egyptian authorities have suspended UK rescue flights entering the airport.

British tourists were hoping to fly home today Credit: ITV News
Extra flights were due to arrive at Sharm el-Sheikh airport to bring people home Credit: ITV News

One Luton flight to return from Sharm el-Sheikh, but rest are cancelled

Only one easyJet flight be allowed back. Credit: PA

One easyJet fight will be allowed to return to Luton Airport today from Sharm el-Sheikh, but the rest will be cancelled.

Another flight to Gatwick will also still go ahead.

Egyptian authorities have suspended "rescue flights" back to the UK according to the budget airline.

It was hoped that easyJet and other airlines would be able to resume some of its flights from Sharm el-Sheikh today but those plans have been scuppered.

Which flight has been allowed back?

  • EZY9398 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton

Which flights have been cancelled?

  • EZY9555 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
  • EZY9333 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
  • EZY9666 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Stansted
  • EZY2398 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton

“Whilst this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to customers for the delay.

All customers will be provided with hotel accommodation and we are keeping them informed. We would advise passengers also to check Flight Tracker for updates.”

– easyJet


Egyptian authorities 'suspend rescue flights', easyJet confirms

easyJet say flights have been suspended. Credit: PA

"Rescue flights" to bring back British tourists have been "suspended by Egyptian authorities" according to the Luton-based airline easyJet.

The budget airline had hoped to resume some of its flights from Sharm el-Sheikh today.

"The situation in Sharm el Sheikh has changed and rescue plans that were put in place yesterday have been suspended by the Egyptian authorities.

Discussions are currently on-going at the highest political level to resolve this situation. We are very sorry and understand that this is extremely frustrating for you – unfortunately the situation is outside of easyJet’s control.

Please stay or make your way back to the hotel you have been staying in, and be assured we will pick up the cost of this."

– easyJet

easyJet customers will 'only be allowed one item of cabin baggage'

eastJet hopes to bring some of its customers home tomorrow. Credit: PA

easyJet customers who are flying back to the UK tomorrow from Sharm el-Sheikh will only be allowed one item of cabin baggage, the budget airline have announced.

It's part of tighter security restrictions put in place by the government.

What will passengers be allowed?

Passengers will only be permitted to carry one item of cabin baggage containing essential items on board.

Hold luggage will be brought back to the UK by a government agency and will be returned by courier.

What do passengers do when they get to the airport?

When passengers arrive at the airport they'll need to go to the bag drop desk as normal.

Once there, they will be greeted by ground crew, provided with a further letter and a baggage form (printed on the back of the letter).

They will then need to complete a form for each piece of hold luggage.

The hold luggage will then be accepted and tagged at bag drop as normal.

Arrangements are being made to return the bags back to the UK where they will be returned.

Luton-based easyJet to resume scheduled flights out of Sharm el-Sheikh tomorrow

easyJet will resume their flights tomorrow. Credit: PA

Luton-based easyJet have confirmed that they will resume their scheduled flights from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from tomorrow (November 6).

The airline will also run six extra flights in order to repatriate customers.

It means there will be easyJet 10 flights in total that will leave Sharm on Friday.

However, all flights in the opposite direction remain suspended until up to and including November 12.

“Following the decision by the UK Government to allow UK airlines to fly aircraft into Sharm el-Sheikh from tomorrow in order to repatriate customers, easyJet can confirm it plans to resume its scheduled flights tomorrow.

The airline also plans to operate six additional flights tomorrow from Sharm el-Sheikh in order to bring home all the customers who have been affected by the suspension of flying on 4 and 5 November."

– easyJet

ABTA urge Sharm el-Sheikh holidaymakers to contact their tour operator

The Association Of British Travel Agents has stressed that anyone who is due to fly out to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the next 48 hours should contact their tour operator.

All UK flights have been suspended amid bomb fears.

It's after US and UK intelligent suggested the Russian plane that crashed on Saturday may have been brought down by an explosive device.

Click below to hear from Daniele Broccoli from ABTA

"If you booked with a travel agent they'll offer another alternative or a full refund, but they'll keep you posted with the latest information.

It will be resolved very quickly and then flights should be allowed to fly.

If someone decides to cancel to fly in a couple of weeks the tour operators are in their rights to charge the cancellation fee."

– Daniele Broccoli, ABTA
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