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Anxious wait for North West tourists as Egypt flights cancelled

Holidaymakers stranded in Egypt have been told all flights home to Manchester, which were scheduled to begin landing in the next few hours, have been cancelled.

Hundreds of passengers have endured another day of chaos at Sharm el-Sheikh desparately trying to get home.

Many say they've not been given any clear information and still do not know if or when their flight will leave Egypt.


Flights to Manchester from Sharm el-Sheikh cancelled

No planned flights to bring UK holidaymakers back to Manchester have been able to land at the resort in Egypt.

Holidaymakers at Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: PA Images

Thomas Cook confirmed that flight MT2706/2625 has not been able to land at the resort. Two Monarch flights have also not been permitted to land.

A Thomas Cook statement said

We can confirm that we are making arrangements for any customers due to return on these flights to remain in their

accommodation free of charge. Our team in destination are dedicated to ensuring that all customers are as

comfortable as possible until such a time as they fly home, and we remain dedicated to offering them all the assistance they might need throughout this time.

– Thomas Cook statement

Thomas Cook flight 'turns around' before reaching Egypt

A Thomas Cook plane bound for Sharm el-Sheikh to take passengers back to Manchester, has reportedly turned around as it approached the resort.

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UK officials 'working to ensure planned flights leave'

An easyJet plane is reportedly currently loading passengers to return to the UK Credit: ITV News

The UK's Department for Transport has confirmed it is "working with the Egyptian authorities to try to ensure planned flights leave" Sharm el-Sheikh today.

A spokesman for the government department said: "We are urgently working with the Egyptian authorities to try to ensure planned flights leave Sharm today.

"Travellers should keep in contact with their tour operators and shouldn't leave for the airport until they have a confirmed flight. We ask for people's patience at this difficult time."


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Monarch: Flights still on way to Sharm el-Sheikh

Monarch airlines has confirmed it currently has flights heading to Sharm el-Sheikh airport to bring stranded British tourists home and said it expects "all our aircraft to depart as planned later today".

Monarch officials said: "As far as we are aware all five of our planes are going to take off as scheduled and we have not heard anything to change that from the Egyptian authorities."

Monarch is set to operate five flights from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK today Credit: David Jones/PA

It follows reports from easyJet that Egyptian authorities had 'suspended' it sending extra flights in to collect passengers.

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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
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Egypt 'suspend' extra flights entering Sharm el-Sheikh

Egyptian authorities have reportedly 'suspended' extra flights headed to the country's Sharm el-Sheikh airport, meaning planes being sent out to bring stranded British tourists home are unable to continue as planned.

EasyJet posted on its website : "Unfortunately the situation in Sharm El Sheikh is very unclear. Our 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 unblock this situation. We are very sorry and understand that this is extremely frustrating for you – unfortunately the situation is outside of easyJet’s control."

Security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport has been heightened in the last few days Credit: ITV News

The first two planes bringing British tourists home to the UK had already set off from Sharm el-Sheikh before the new restrictions were put in place.

In total 24 flights had been planned for today, 10 operated by easyJet, nine operated by Thomson and five operated by Monarch.

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Families among those waiting for flights home

Families are among those waiting at Sharm el-Sheikh airport to board some of the first flights home to the UK.

It follows the lifting of a suspension put in place by the UK government amid fears a bomb may have been behind the downing of a Russian passenger jet last week.

The Stevenson family told ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers they were waiting for a flight to get them home to Brighton.

The Stevenson family want to get back to Brighton Credit: ITV News
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