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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.
No planned flights to bring UK holidaymakers back to Manchester have been able to land at the resort in Egypt.
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.
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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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."
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."
It follows reports from easyJet that Egyptian authorities had 'suspended' it sending extra flights in to collect passengers.
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.
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."
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.
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.