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West Midlands threat level 'not changed' over Brussels terror attacks

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West Midlands Police have confirmed that the threat level for the West Midlands has not increased as a result of this morning's Brussels terror attacks.

The force said it had 'appropriate police resources already ready in place' at Birmingham Airport providing 'visible reassurance' to travellers.

They added that the situation would continue to be reviewed and that their thoughts were with those who have been affected.

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Eight more flights to bring Brits home from Sharm

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Airlines have scheduled eight more flights to bring holidaymakers home to Britain today.

  • Thomas Cook will fly tourists back to Gatwick this afternoon
  • Thomson has planes bound for Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester
  • Two easyJet planes will fly into Luton
  • Monarch will also operate two flights, one to Gatwick and the other to Birmingham
  • British Airways also has a flight scheduled for tomorrow.

Nearly 2,000 tourists returned to airports across England yesterday aboard nine flights, along with around 1,500 on Friday.

But thousands more are still stranded in the Egyptian holiday resort and Government officials warned it is likely the increased safety measures mean many will have to stay in the country for a while longer.

With a limited number of flights able to leave Sharm el-Sheikh each day for the UK, it is likely that tour operators or airlines will advise some people to extend their stay at their resort.

– A Department for Transport spokesman

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Monarch announces Sunday flight to Birmingham Airport from Sharm el-Sheikh

Crowds in front of security check at the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: PA

Monarch Airlines has announced it plans to operate two flights from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on Sunday, including one to Birmingham Airport.

Customers due to travel on these flights have been contacted.

  • Flight ZB475 is currently planned to depart from Sharm El Sheikh at 1820hrs (local time) arriving back into Birmingham 2220hrs (local time).
  • Flight ZB249 is currently planned to depart from Sharm El Sheikh at 1710hrs (local time) arriving back into London Gatwick 2040hrs (local time).

"Monarch is working continuously with Department of Transport and the Egyptian authorities to get customers back to the UK as quickly as possible.

"We recognise this is a very frustrating situation and apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers."

– Monarch spokesperson
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Sharm el-Sheikh situation 'chaotic and distressing', says Midlands holidaymaker

A mother who was stranded in Egypt after flights back to the UK were suspended over terrorism concerns says the experience was chaotic and distressing.

Kerrie Spencer, who is six months pregnant and from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, was one of thousands of British holidaymakers stuck at Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Phil Brewster reports.

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Britons stuck in Sharm el-Sheikh tell of growing frustration

Britons unable to fly home from Sharm el-Sheikh have spoken of their growing frustration at being stuck in Egypt.

Several holidaymakers told ITV News that many people were starting to panic and the novelty of having a few extra days by the pool had quickly worn off.

Nine flights are expected to leave Sharm for the UK on Saturday, but it is nowhere near enough to meet the demand.

Officials have said they hope to get all the British tourists home within 10 days.

Sharm-el-Sheikh flight to Birmingham cancelled

A Monarch flight from Sharm-el-Sheikh to Birmingham has been cancelled today.

Flights from Sharm-el-Sheikh will not land at Birmingham tonight. Credit: PA

Flight ZB475 was due to land at the Birmingham Airport at 10:20pm. Monarch airlines have said it will not land in Birmingham tonight.

It remains unclear whether any more flights will land at the East Midlands or Birmingham airports through the weekend.

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