British Airways and easyJet have both issued statements saying they won’t be resuming Sharm el Sheikh flights before 2016. A notice posted on BA’s website yesterday stated that it was following advice provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and would not be resuming services to the Egyptian resort until security experts gave the green light.
A notice on easyJet’s website also says that it will not be resuming services originally cancelled on 4 November 2015 until 6 January. The budget carrier noted that suspending flights would ensure that passengers booked on them would have time to make alternative arrangements for the festive season.
Both carriers say they will give passengers with reservations for Sharm el Sheikh flights refunds. easyJet explained that customers could also opt for a flight voucher or to fly to another of the airline’s destinations.
Other UK airlines have followed suit and suspended their Sharm el Sheikh services, but only until December. Thomson Holidays stated that all Thomson Airways charter flights to the resort until 10 December had been cancelled.
Luton based Monarch Airlines has uploaded a notice to its website that states it will not be resuming UK-Sharm el Sheikh before 20 December. Both airlines state they are also following FCO advice warning against anything but essential travel to the resort’s airport.
The suspension of UK-Sharm el Sheikh flights came after the British government claimed that a terrorist bomb had brought down Metrojet Flight 7K9268 on 31 October. The aircraft exploded in mid-air over the Sinai Desert soon after it had taken off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport. All 224 people aboard were killed and Russian investigators have since confirmed the cause of the explosion as a bomb.