More countries advise their nationals against travel to Sharm el-Sheikh
More countries have joined the UK in restricting travel to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, after a Russian plane crashed last Saturday, killing all 224 on board. France, Belgium and the Netherlands warned their nationals not to travel, and German airlines cancelled flights.
British airlines will start to repatriate stranded tourists today. The cause of the crash is unclear. Militants linked to Islamic State (IS) have claimed they destroyed the plane. Russia has warned against pre-empting the outcome of the official investigation into the crash.
Despite, the Egyptian President Sisi understanding that the
British security team has approved that all the systems are fine, UK officials believed that the securitysituation at the airport had slipped back, according to Whitehall sources. So far some 20,000 Britons remain stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Earlier Britain and German airline Lufthansa had suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, reported France24 News, however UK airlines have confirmed that repatriation of Britons stranded in the Egyptian resort will begin on 6 November without their luggage. According to tour operator Thomson, flights will run under special security measures mandated by the UK government ... all hold luggage will be returned to customers under separate secure cover arranged by the UK government.
Meanwhile, several British holidaymakers who remain stranded in Egypt have said there was a lot of confusion at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport. There was very little information about what is going on and communication, said Kate Dodd from Didsbury, Manchester.