Thousands of tourists can begin flying back home on Friday after the UK government permitted resumption of flights from the Egyptian resort city. More than 20 flights are expected to take off for London from the Red Sea beach resort.
In a big setback for tourism in Egypt, France and Belgium have advised their citizens against travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh, from where the Airbus A321 airliner took off before crashing in the Sinai desert. And Britain is advising against all but essential travel by air to and from the Red Sea resort.
Friday’s flights would see a ban on airlines carrying luggage in the cargo holds of planes. Bags and other items that do not meet normal regulations for cabin luggage would be flown home by the British government and returned via courier.
Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands have suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, leaving thousands of European tourists stranded.