British Airways suspends Sharm el-Sheikh flights indefinitely

British Airways suspends Sharm el-Sheikh flights indefinitely

British Airways flights to Sharm el-Sheikh have been suspended “indefinitely” just days after hopes were raised that air services from the UK would resume for the winter.

Airlines grounded all UK flights to the Red Sea resort following last autumn’s bombing of a Russian Airbus which killed all 224 people on board.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against all but essential travel by air to and from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Any resumption of flights is dependent on the FCO agreeing to lift the flight ban.

Its current travel advice says: “We will continue working with the Egyptian authorities to enable regular flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh to resume.

“We are also liaising with travel companies so that they are able to resume flights and holidays in Sharm el-Sheikh as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place.”

But BA said in a statement: “The safety and security of our customers will always be our top priorities and we have suspended our flights from Gatwick to Sharm el-Sheikh indefinitely.

“Customers who hold bookings on any cancelled services for the coming winter season can claim a full refund or can use the money to cover a new booking with us for an alternative destination.”

An easyJet spokesman said the carrier “remains committed to resuming services to Sharm” but added that it will not happen until the government’s advice changes.

Thomson has cancelled all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including September 28, Monarch until October 30 and Thomas Cook until October 31.


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