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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


Foreign Secretary hopes stranded tourists can start flying home tomorrow

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says that the government are hoping to bring back some tourists stranded in Egypt as early as tomorrow.

Thousands of Brits, including 1,700 customers of Peterborough-based Thomas Cook, are stuck in Sharm el-Sheikh after flights were cancelled amid bomb fears.

Click below to hear from Philip Hammond

"My understanding is that the tour operators have taken people back to hotels overnight and people who are scheduled to fly out today will of course be told not to go to the airport.

We hope by tomorrow we will have in place short-term emergency measures that will provide us with the level of assurance we need to allow flights to go out from the UK empty and bring those people back."

– Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary
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Sharm news prompts slide in holiday firms' shares

The cancellation of flights to and from Sharm has impacted the share price of holiday companies Credit: PA

Shares in holiday companies Thomas Cook and TUI Group have fallen after the grounding of flights to Sharm el-Shekih, reflecting a likely drop in demand for fights to what is a major holiday destination.

Shares in Thomas Cook fell 5.8 percent while bigger rival TUI lost 1.9 percent, according to Reuters.

Flights from Luton and Stansted to Egyptian resort cancelled amid bomb fears

Credit: PA

Flights due to leave from Luton and Stansted airports tomorrow morning to the Egyptian resort Sharm el Sheikh have been cancelled amid bomb fears.

It's after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all but essential travel to the resort.

The government is responding to intelligence suggesting that the Russian Plane which crashed after leaving the resort could have been downed by an explosive device.

The 9:40am flight from Stansted Airport to Sharm el Sheikh has been cancelled.

The 10:40am flight from Luton Airport to Sharm el Sheikh has also been cancelled.

Both flights are run by Easy Jet, who released this statement:

We are sorry but unfortunately we have no option but to cancel your flight – with immediate effect, and following the guidance of the UK government, easyJet is suspending all inbound flights to Sharm-El-Sheik. Our contact centres will be open at 08:00hrs (UK time) tomorrow morning to help any customers who are currently booked to fly to Sharm-El-Sheik in the next 14 days. Customers will have a choice to either cancel the flight and receive a full refund or transfer to another available seat within the easyJet network. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will obviously cause, but the situation is beyond our control and passenger safety will always be our number one priority.

– Easy Jet website
Thomas Cook Credit: ITV Anglia

Meanwhile Peterborough travel company Thomas Cook as it still has 1,700 customers in the resort.

It's also cancelled all flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh up to and including 12 November 2015.

It's offering the customers still out there and due to fly home free accommodation.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says "emergency procedures" for additional screening and security measures at Sharm el-Sheikh airport will be put in place to ensure holidaymakers will be able to get home - but these won't be in place until Friday at the earliest.

Further to the UK Government’s assessment of the security arrangements in place at Sharm el Sheikh airport, Thomas Cook can confirm that it has been advised of the (FCO) Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s decision to advise against all but essential travel to Sharm el Sheikh with immediate effect.

Thomas Cook is offering customers due to travel to Sharm el Sheikh up to and including Thursday 12 November the opportunity to cancel or re-book their holiday free of charge, offering a £25 discount per person on the alternative holiday booked. Booking conditions are as normal for travel after that date, pending further FCO advice.

Any customers wishing to amend or cancel their booking should visit their local Thomas Cook or The Co-operative Travel store or call our dedicated customer hotline, which will be open from 8am tomorrow, Thursday 5 November.

– Thomas Cook
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