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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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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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