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Thomson Airways extends cancellation of Sharm flights

Thomson Airways has extended its cancellation of all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least March.

The Government suspended flights to Sharm on November 4 after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed, killing 224 people.

Islamic State jihadis claimed responsibility for bombing the jet.

No flights have operated between the UK and Sharm since November 17 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel using the Red Sea resort's airport.

  • Thomson Airways announced on Wednesday that it has cancelled flights up to at least March 23
  • EasyJet has confirmed the same action up to February 29.
  • British Airways has said it will not operate flights to the Egyptian resort until after February 13 at the earliest
  • Monarch services are suspended up to January 24.

The FCO travel advice states that the UK is working with the Egyptian authorities and liaising with travel companies to enable flights to resume "as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place".

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Holiday airline pilot suspended in drink probe

An airline pilot has been suspended after being arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of being over the legal alcohol limit.

The 51-year-old man, who works for airline Thomson Airways, was detained by West Midlands Police.

The pilot has been suspended after being arrested at Birmingham Airport. Credit: Press Association

The incident took place on Sunday February 10, although details have only just emerged.

The pilot has since been told he will face no further police action, Thomson is carrying out its own investigation into the incident.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Thomson Airways is aware that allegations of an aviation offence brought against one of our pilots have been dropped.

"However, we are continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the situation, and the pilot in question has been suspended.

"We are not able to comment further until our investigations are complete."

The pilot, who has not been named, was initially released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested inside the airport on suspicion of being unfit to perform aviation duties due to drink.


Pilot arrested on suspicion of drinking alcohol on duty

A pilot has been suspended from his job after he was arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of being unfit to work due to alcohol.

The incident happened last month, West Midlands Police confirmed today.

The 51-year-old man has been suspended by Thomson Airways which says it's conducting an internal investigation.

West Midlands Police says he has been released from bail and no further action will be taken.