EasyJet, Monarch plan flights to repatriate UK tourists

5th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

British airlines easyJet and Monarch said they were planning a total of 15 flights on Friday to repatriate some of the 20,000 British tourists currently in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

"Following the decision by the UK government to allow UK airlines to fly aircraft into Sharm el-Sheikh from tomorrow in order to repatriate customers, easyJet can confirm it plans to resume its scheduled flights tomorrow," the airline said in a statement.

On top of its two scheduled flights from the resort on Friday, easyJet said it was planning eight more.

The airline also said that anyone scheduled to fly in the next 14 days to Sharm el-Sheikh could get their money back or change their destination.

Monarch, a British charter company serving the Egyptian resort, said it hoped to carry out five flights -- two scheduled ones and three extra ones.

"We're hoping to operate," a Monarch spokesman said.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said it was likely that a "terrorist bomb" had brought down a Russian flight that had just departed Sharm el-Sheikh last Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.

Britain said it was hoping security measures at the airport are beefed up before it resumes flights.

"We would hope they would go ahead as planned but there are still security issues that need to be resolved," a Downing Street spokesman said.

"We expect it to happen and hope it will happen."

© 2015 AFP

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