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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

UK MPs are calling on gov’t to end its ban on flights into Sharm

UK MPs are calling on the May gov’t to end its ban on flights into Sharm (again): UK MPs have reportedly gotten fed up with their government maintaining its flight ban on Sharm El Sheikh airport, with 35 MPs signing an ‘early day motion’ calling for a new parliamentary debate on why the UK is one of the last countries in Europe to lift travel restrictions to Sharm. “The ban on UK flights to Sharm El Sheikh has long outlived its usefulness,” Labour MP Stephen Timms, the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt, told DIVE Magazine. “Security at the airport has been greatly improved. Other countries have lifted their bans; we should do so too. Leaving the ban in place causes great inconvenience to many in the UK and serious problems for the Egyptian economy,” he added. The move is the latest in a series of bids by other UK MPs to convince the government that Egypt has sufficiently increased security measures at its airports. Timms had pushed the issue last year, while MP Sir Gerald Howarth recommended the lifting of the ban after the traveling to the resort three times. You know who was listening? The Germans, who lifted their ban shortly afterwards.

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