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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

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.

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