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Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK could reconsider ban on flights to Sharm if Russia lifts its restrictions -sources

The UK could reconsider its ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh if Russia was to lift its restrictions, TTG reports. The report notes that it is “widely accepted” now after the investment made in improving security at the Sharm El Sheikh airport that “it is now considered safe by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Foreign Office (FCO).” Jonathan Lord MP, co-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) had said that “the Egypt APPG still supports strongly the resumption of flights from the UK to Sharm, as outlined in the Commons debate.”

Meanwhile, Egypt’s tour operators have begun preparing tailored travel packages for Russian tourists ahead of the scheduled resumption of direct flights with Russia, Al Shorouk reports. The packages will include trips to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, and Aswan, as well as guided tours in Cairo (we’re assuming at attractive, discounted prices). EgyptAir had announced that it will begin operating three weekly flights to Russia as of 12 April. Russian airline Aeroflot, which is set to resume flights as of 11 April, has said it would offer daily flights from 12 June to 2 July to accommodate football fans heading to the World Cup.

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