UK stops all flight to and from Sharm el-Sheikh

“Significant possibility” an explosive device caused Metrojet crash
The UK has stopped all flights to and from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, saying there is a “significant possibility” an explosive device caused the Metrojet plane crash at the weekend that killed all 224 people on board.
The decision was made after UK and US intelligence experts studied the airport’s security. Arrangements are being made to fly home approximately 20,000 British nationals currently in Sharm, including 9,000 on package tours, on special flights.
Additional temporary screening and security will be put in place at the airport for this purpose.
“We have concluded there was a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft,” said the country’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond.
The UK now advises against all but essential travel via Sharm el-Sheikh airport. But the travel advice on the resort itself remains unchanged and described as safe.
Egypt is disappointed by the decision to suspend flights, accusing the UK government of making “a premature and unwarranted statement” on the crash.


Check Also

GDS, Capa summit, meeting, Dublin, airlines, Ryanair, technology, disrupt, future

Will new tech disrupt traditional GDSs?

Both sides of the argument could be heard at the recent CAPA Airline CEO Summit in Dublin, with Travelport expressing the views of the GDSs.

World Animal Protection, travel, Bali, Lombok, Indonesia, wild animals, captive, selfie, cruel, attractions, tourism, orangutans, elephants, tigers, dolphins, civet

Animal protection body exposes “Bali horror”

World Animal Protection says that wildlife tourist attractions in Bali and Lombok are “living hell for animals”.

Vietnam, tourism, overtourism, hotels, supply, oversupply, development, sustainable, Halong Bay, Danang, Phu Quoc

Hotel investors warn Vietnam about “crazy” growth

With a 43% rise in room keys, there are fears for the future in places like Halong Bay, Danang and Phu Quoc.

Russia, algorithm, World Cup, restaurants, reviews, Tripadvisor, fake, tourism

Fake TripAdvisor reviews ahead of World Cup

“What can you do if no Serbs and no Swedes have ever been to your venue and left a review?”

Oulu, airport, local, province, Finland, fly, Tui, tour operator, trend, tourism, secondary, summer, 2018, Tampere, Vaasa

TUI invests heavily in local airport flights

Extra flights have been added from provincial Finland for the autumn holiday weeks, as the operator has been overwhelmed with demand.

Cyprus, Cobalt Air, Blue box, bluebox, wifi, stream, movies, tv, flights, airline, IFE

Cobalt Air deploys “blue box” of entertainment

The new Cypriot airline obtains simple boxes, three per plane, that allow passengers to stream content.