U.K. lifts restrictions on air travel to Sharm el-Sheikh
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The U.K. government has officially cleared the return of flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh. On Tuesday, the British Embassy in Cairo posted on its Facebook page, announcing the lift of its advisement to airlines from flying to the Egyptian airport.
Flights between the U.K. and Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) stopped in 2015 after 224 people died in the bombing of a Russian aircraft. Following the incident, Egyptian officials said that the airport’s security standards weren’t up to par. As of Tuesday, the U.K. Department for Transport said that SSH had improved its security procedures.
“This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts”, British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said. “We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights”.
In addition, the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office updated its statement on visiting Sharm el-Sheikh, saying that it “no longer advises against all but essential travel by air to/from Sharm el-Sheikh”. However, it said that “there remains a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation in Egypt”.
In 2018, approximately 415,000 U.K. tourists visited Sharm el-Sheikh, according to the U.K. Embassy in Cairo. Because of the tourist demand, TUI said that it would reintroduce flights to SSH, according to BBC. Low-cost carrier EasyJet said that it would “look at any opportunities”.
Featured photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty Images.
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