Nearly 10,000 Brits flown home from Sharm el-Sheikh

Nearly 10,000 people have been flown back to the UK from Sharm el-Sheikh following the Russian jet crash.

The Department for Transport said more than 9,600 had been brought home since Friday.

Around 20,000 Britons were at the Egyptian resort when flights were suspended over security fears.

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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.


Separate piece of intelligence grounded Egypt flights

Claims of responsibility by so-called Islamic State were dismissed at first, but reports that sounds of an explosion may have been captured on a flight recorder have prompted a rethink.

It was thought that intelligence officials at GCHQ intercepted messages between IS members in Sinai and Syria, but News at Ten can now reveal that it was separate intelligence that prompted the British government to ground flights on Wednesday.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports that aviation attacks may have become the ambition of so-called Islamic State.

EasyJet to fly 445 people back from Sharm tomorrow

EasyJet has scheduled two passenger jets to bring home another 445 British tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh tomorrow.

1,000 easyJet passengers have been delayed to date Credit: Reuters

The firm said it has around 4,000 passengers still at the Egyptian resort, 1,000 of which have been delayed to date.

The first 359 easyJet passengers returned to the UK on special 'rescue' flights this evening.

Tomorrow's flights will be:

  • EZY9767 to London Luton, departing at 5pm local time in Egypt
  • EZ9320 to London Luton, departing at 6pm local time in Egypt


First Britons arrive home but others face a long wait

There has been a day of frustration and confusion in Sharm El-Sheikh for thousands of British holidaymakers hoping to get home. Just eight of at least 20 planned UK evacuation flights have left or are due to leave. Some were turned back in mid-air. The airlines blamed Egyptian authorities, but they said there was not enough space.

Stuck in the middle were scared and angry tourists who have no idea when they can leave. And although the first Britons have arrived home, there could be a long wait to clear the backlog.

Extra security on US-bound flights from Egypt

The United States will tighten security on flights leaving a number of airports in Egypt, US officials have announced.

In a statement, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that "out of an abundance of caution", he and the head of the Transport Security Administrator had "identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports in the region."

This will include stricter screening of items before they are brought on board aircraft, he added.

It comes amid fears that a plane crash which killed 224 passengers and crew may have been caused by a bomb on board.

'Good to be home': Sharm tourists celebrate being back in UK

Passengers cheered and clapped as they landed back on UK soil on the first 'rescue' flight from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Video given to ITV News shows people on plane - the first return flight from the Egyptian resort in almost two days - celebrating as they touched ground at London Gatwick.

Thousands more British tourists are still stranded in Sharm, with only eight flights given permission to depart due to the airport's limited capacity.

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WATCH: Sharm el-Sheikh holidaymakers land safely back at Luton Airport

An easyJet flight carrying 179 passengers from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt has safely arrived back at Luton Airport.

easyJet had hoped to fly out hundreds more tourists on nine flights, but in the end the Egyptian authorities only allowed two to depart.

The other has gone to Gatwick. EasyJet hope to lay on more flights tomorrow.

Click below to see the flight land

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