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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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Travel firms announce limited Sharm-UK 'rescue' flights

Five flights carrying British tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK have been confirmed for this evening.

As officials struggle to cope with the "sheer scale" of getting the thousands of Brits staying in the resort home, the number of slots available for 'rescue' flights has been limited to eight.

Four out of five Monarch jets have been allowed to land, but only two will be able to take off Credit: Reuters

Four of five Monarch's planned flights returning British tourists to the UK have been able to land in Sharm el-Sheikh - but only one of four Thomas Cook jets have been granted landing permission.

Confirmed departures from Sharm to the UK:

  • Monarch flight ZB097 to London Gatwick
  • Monarch flight ZB475 to Birmingham Airport
  • Thomas Cook flight MT5816/7 double-drop to Birmingham and East Midlands Airports
  • Thomson flight TOM733 to Glasgow
  • Thomson flight TOM397 to London Gatwick

Two easyJet flights have already departed, and a third - the U22398 to London Luton Airport - is scheduled leave Sharm at 6.45pm local time.

Monarch's fifth jet was diverted to Larnaca, Cyprus.

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