Sharm el-Sheikh: UK should end flight ban – Egyptian ambassador
Direct flights from Britain to Sharm el-Sheikh should resume, the Egyptian ambassador to the UK has mentioned.
Tarek Adel instructed the BBC Egypt had completed operating with British safety groups to improve its airports and was once in a position to welcome flights once more.
All UK flights to seaside lodge Sharm el-Sheikh had been banned in November 2015.
It adopted the bombing of a Russian airliner which killed all 224 other people on board. The Islamic State workforce claimed it was once in the back of the assault.
Sharm el-Sheikh prior to now attracted loads of hundreds of tourists from the UK each and every 12 months, making it a very powerful lodge for airways and vacation corporations.
But in spite of trip companies calling for a call on when UK flights to the Red Sea vacation spot may just resume, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise in opposition to “all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el-Sheikh”.
The Egyptian ambassador instructed BBC Radio four’s Today programme he was hoping the UK govt would come to a decision to renew flights quickly.
“British direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh have been suspended since November 2015 and since that date we have been working very closely with British technical and security teams to upgrade many of the facilities in Egyptian airports in general and Sharm el-Sheikh in particular,” Mr Adel mentioned.
“We have concluded the work in this regard and that was in close co-ordination with the British technical teams and we are set to be ready to receive once again direct flights from Britain.”
Former senior police officer Chris Phillips, who visited Sharm el-Sheikh following the bombing, instructed the Today programme that in spite of the safety improve warning was once instructed.
Mr Phillips mentioned he would now not trip to the Red Sea town himself.
“We have to be careful because what we may perhaps consider suitable security is not considered the same elsewhere,” he mentioned.
Mr Phillips, who has now not visited the world since 2015, mentioned that Sharm el-Sheikh itself was once very inclined on account of its far flung location.
The former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office mentioned one of the vital lodge’s problems was once that the encircling desolate tract made it exhausting to keep an eye on its borders as a result of “you can walk across the desert”.
However, he mentioned that the problem had to be revisited via the British govt as a result of Egypt’s financial system wanted tourism.
“It [Sharm el-Sheikh] will always be at the top end of the threat level for holiday makers. But that doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t go because there are other places that we go to similar to that,” he added.
According to the Foreign Office, about 900,000 Britons travelled to Egypt in 2015. In 2016, that quantity dropped to 231,000.
The UK govt suspended flights to the Red Sea lodge following the bombing on 31 October 2015, which came about on a passenger aircraft quickly after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
More than 16,000 Britons stranded within the space had been introduced house on rescue flights amid greater safety.
Egyptian officers have since admitted that on the time, Sharm el-Sheikh airport fell smartly wanting global safety requirements.
They spoke back to a January 2016 file about its shortcomings via permitting in a group of British aviation safety mavens who frolicked assessing Egypt’s primary airports.