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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".

Monarch cancel more flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

Monarch has said it will not use Sharm el-Sheikh airport until at least January 24. Credit: PA

Monarch has extended the cancellation of flights to Sharm el Sheikh for another three weeks in the wake of the Russian airliner bombing in October.

Flights were already cancelled up to January 6, but this has now been extended until January 24.

Many other airlines have already cancelled flights until next year.

The advice from both the Foreign Office remains unchanged and advises customers against all but essential air travel to Sharm El Sheikh Airport.

Monarch has taken this proactive decision to allow our customers to make alternative holiday plans as soon as possible. Customers who are affected by these cancellations are entitled to change a booking to a later date or rebook to another destination on the Monarch network. Customers can also request a credit note towards future travel or a refund.

– Monarch

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Russia evacuates 11,000 tourists from Sharm in 24 hours

Russia has evacuated 11,000 tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh in the last 24 hours, according to Deputy Prime Ninister Arkady Dvorkovich.

More Russian holidaymakers are expected to be brought back on Sunday, he told the Russian Information Agency (RIA).

Around 80,000 Russians were stranded in Egypt after the Kremlin had grounded all flights to the country on Friday following the crash of a Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt checking CCTV at Sharm airport for crashed jet clues

The entrance to the airport Credit: Reuters

Egyptian authorities are checking CCTV cameras at Sharm el-Sheikh airport for any suspicious activity related to the crash of a Russian passenger airliner one week ago, security officials said.

"We want to determine if, for instance, anyone sneaked past security officials or the metal detectors. We are also trying to determine if there was any unusual activity among policemen or airport staff," one of the officials told Reuters.

His comments marked the first sign that Egyptian authorities might suspect the plane was brought down deliberately.

UK hopes to return all Brits from Sharm within 10 days

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

Britain hopes to return all Britons from Sharm el-Sheikh within 10 days, a British official at the airport has said.

The British government is increasing the number of flights and will return about 2,000 British nationals on Saturday on nine flights, the official added.

Britain suspended flights to the Red Sea resort on Wednesday after saying it feared a bomb may have brought down a Russian jet which crashed, killing 224 people.

Seven flights scheduled to bring stranded Brits home

British passengers queue at the airport Credit: Reuters

Seven flights have been scheduled to evacuate stranded British tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Britain suspended flights to the Red Sea resort on Wednesday after saying it feared a bomb may have brought down a Russian jet which crashed, killing 224 people.

The flights scheduled are:

  • EasyJet is due to fly 445 passengers back on two planes from Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton Airport on Saturday.
  • Monarch also expects to operate two services to Manchester in northwest England.
  • British Airways has one flight scheduled to land at London Gatwick.
  • Thomas Cook expects to run two flights.

Eleven empty British airliners are on standby in Cyprus and might be used to fly home thousands of tourists stranded in Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh, airport authorities in the Mediterranean island said on Saturday.

Eight flights carrying some 1,400 travellers returned to Britain on Friday after restrictions were lifted but tourists were only allowed to bring carry-on bags, with check-in bags due to be flown back later.

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Egypt foreign minister: Intelligence has not been shared

File photo of Mr Shoukry Credit: Reuters

Intelligence has not been shared with Cairo about the crash of a Russian passenger plane last week, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

He added that foreign countries did not heed Egypt's calls for greater coordination to fight terrorism.

The information we have heard about has not been shared with Egyptian security agencies in detail.

We were expecting that the technical information would be provided to us.

– Mr Shoukry

He added: "The spread of terrorism, which we have for a long time called on our partners to tackle more seriously, did not get through to many of the parties which are now exposed and which are currently working for the interests of their citizens to face this danger."

What will UK security experts be examining in Sharm el-Sheikh?

The UK has suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh after No 10 said there is a "significant possibility" that a Russian plane was brought down by an explosion.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says "emergency procedures" for additional screening and security measures at Sharm el-Sheikh airport will be put in place.

ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham looks into the security situation in Sharm el-Sheikh:

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'Two lifeguards arrested after girl drowned in Egypt'

It is being reported that two lifeguards have been arrested at the Egyptian holiday resort where five year-old Chloe Johnson died on Friday.

Chloe from Forest Hill drowned in a swimming pool while on holiday at the Coral Sea Waterworld hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

Her parents have claimed that no life guards were present when she died.

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