UK sending plane to Egypt to evacuate citizens: ministry

1st February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain will send a charter aircraft to Cairo to bring back citizens who wish to leave as protests against the Egyptian government escalate, Foreign Minister William Hague said Tuesday.

"I've decided to send a charter flight to Cairo tomorrow (Wednesday) to allow those who wish to leave to do so. I will send further flights if we see a need to do so," Hague told parliament.

The plane is due to leave Cairo to return to Britain on Thursday.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the move was to "supplement the commercial flight capacity provided by British airlines to assist British nationals' return to the UK."

It said that flights on the service would cost 300 pounds (349 euros, $477) each.

Hague added that Egypt needs to have "broad-based government" that will allow an "orderly transition" in the country amid the growing opposition to President Hosni Mubarak.

© 2011 AFP

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