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Two planes due in Birmingham from Egypt delayed

Two planes set to return from Sharm El Sheikh and landing at Birmingham Airport tonight are both delayed.

The flights come after holidaymakers waiting to return to the UK from the Eqyptian resort endured chaos today Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images

A Monarch flight with around 200 people on board was due to arrive at Birmingham Airport at 8.35pm but is now estimated to land at 9.26pm. A Thomas Cook flight was due to land at 9.45pm but is now set to touch down at 10.40pm.

The flights come after holidaymakers waiting to return to the UK from the Eqyptian resort endured chaos today as conflicting information was given about whether or not their flights would take off.

Egyptian authorities announced that just eight flights will depart from Sharm el-Sheikh for the UK, rather than the 29 initially expected as frustrated passengers waited for information.

The UK Government suspended air links on Wednesday after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed last Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Militants of the Islamic State terror group in the Sinai Peninsula have claimed that they downed the plane.

Latest on Sharm flights due into the Midlands

The latest news is that two flights carrying passengers that have been stranded in Sharm El Sheikh are due into Birmingham and one flight into the East Midlands.

The latest on flights due into the Midlands Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images
  • Monarch are operating one flight with around 200 people on board. It is due to arrive at Birmingham Airport at 20:15.
  • Thomas Cook are operating one flight which is due to land at Birmingham Airport at 21:45.
  • That flight will then continue to East Midlands Airport where passengers are due to land 23:15.

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Flight with stranded Sharm passengers due in Birmingham

A Monarch flight containing passengers who were stranded in Sharm El Sheikh is due to arrive back in Birmingham today.

Four of their five flights have now landed in Sharm El Sheikh Credit: PA

Four of their five flights have now landed in Sharm El Sheikh, the fifth flight has been diverted to Larnaca.

Monarch flights ZB097 will operate to London Gatwick and ZB475 to Birmingham airport.

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."

– Statement from Monarch

Sharm el-Sheikh flights due to land at Birmingham and East Midlands Airport later

Flights are due to arrive in the UK later today Credit: PA

Flights carrying British tourists who have been stranded in the Egyptian holiday resort of Sharm el-Sheikh are due to land at Birmingham and East Midlands Airport tonight. Outbound passenger flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled until the 12th of November.

It comes amid fears that a Russian passenger jet was brought down by a bomb on Saturday.

Monarch say will operate Sharm return flights tomorrow

Monarch will operate flights out of Sharm-El-Sheikh tomorrow for their 3,000 customers who are stuck there.

All flights into and out of Sharm El Sheikh have been cancelled today but five flights are scheduled to arrive back in Birmingham tomorrow.

The cancellation was put in place amid fears a Russian passenger jet which crashed at the weekend was brought down by a bomb killing all 224 people on board.

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British decision to suspend Sharm flights 'unjustified'

Britain has suspended all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Credit: PA

Britain's decision to suspend flights to Sharm el-Sheikh was unjustified and should be immediately reconsidered, Egypt's tourism minister has said.

"The decision is unjustified and carries a lot of question marks," Hesham Zaazou told state news agency MENA.

Sharm el-Sheikh: Are you due to fly from East Midlands or Birmingham Airport?

What we know so far:

  • Thomson has cancelled all of its outbound flight to Sharm el-Sheikh.
  • This morning's Thomson flight from East Midlands Airport has been cancelled, affecting holidays booked through tour operators First Choice, Portland Direct, Sovereign and Skytours.
  • All flights today to Sharm el-Sheikh from Birmingham Airport have been cancelled.
  • Monarch and Thomson were due to fly from Birmingham Airport this morning.
Thomson has grounded its outbound flights to Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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