Airlines start to evacuate tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh

BA, EasyJet, Edelweiss, Eurowings and others to bring tourists home
Tight security is in place as airlines start to fly home tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Only hand luggage are allowed on board, with suitcases transported later.
Acting on intelligence from intercepted communications between militants in the Sinai, the UK government suddenly cancelled flights to and from the resort on Wednesday.
British investigators believe a bomb was put in the hold of the Metrojet aircraft from Russia that crashed last Saturday, killing all 224 people on the plane.
British Airways, Monarch, EasyJet and Thomson are operating the flights starting from mid-morning today, taking home around 19,000 British nationals. There are 19 flights arranged for today.
Meanwhile, Lufthansa Group says it is also cancelling flights to Sharm by its Edelweiss and Eurowings subsidiaries.
The biggest nationalities of tourists staying in Sharm el-Sheikh are Russian, British and German. Though the Russian government says the British move is premature, the evacuations of tourists are another heavy blow to Egypt’s tourism industry since the unrest of the Arab Spring in 2011.
BBC / LA Times

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