British government lifts ban on flights to Egyptian resort



CAIRO (dpa)- A ban on flights between the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and Britain has been lifted, the British government said on Tuesday.
Flights were suspended to and from Sharm el-Sheikh in 2015 after a bomb exploded on a Russian passenger jet shortly after take-off, killing all 224 people on board.




The bombing, which was claimed by Islamic State, prompted multiple countries to cancel flights to the Red Sea resort town.
"Improvements in security procedures at the [Sharm el-Sheikh] airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport," the government said in a statement.
"We look forward to services to Sharm [el-Sheikh] resuming, and lifting the restriction is the first step in that process," Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, was quoted as saying.
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Tuesday, October 22nd 2019
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