Britain to send second plane to Cairo

3rd February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain will send a second plane to Cairo to bring back its nationals who want to leave amid growing violence in protests against President Hosni Mubarak's rule, the Foreign Office said Thursday.

A first plane was dispatched earlier this week and is due to leave Cairo on Thursday carrying around 180 Britons.

A statement said: "Given the continuing fluidity and unpredictability of the situation in Egypt, the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has decided to charter a second plane for British Nationals.

"The plane will depart from Cairo on Saturday, and will supplement existing commercial services. We will provide further such flights as necessary."

A spokesman said passengers would be asked to pay roughly 300 pounds (500 dollars, 350 euros) each, the same amount that passengers on the first flight were asked to pay.

Britain advises all British nationals to leave Cairo "unless they have a pressing reason to stay", the statement said.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday there were around 3,000 British nationals still in Cairo.

© 2011 AFP

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