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Egypt unhappy over ongoing UK ban on Sharm el Sheik flights

Sharm el-Sheik11Anonymous sources in Egypt say the government is unhappy about the continuing UK ban on flights to the Sinai seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheik. According to the BBC, Egyptian officials have complied with UK stipulations since terrorists blew up a flight over the Sinai Desert on 31 October 2015.

One unnamed official complained that despite following recommendations for security improvements at Sharm el-Sheik Airport to the letter, the UK had still not given the green light for the resumption of flights. The official added that UK security and aviation specialists had praised the enhancements and claimed the airport was now one of the planet’s safest.

Security at the airport is now under the jurisdiction of private contractors and its personnel have been trained by UK professionals. Biometric screening devices and explosives detection equipment are now in place at airports in Egypt and Brit aviation experts are on hand to lend a hand as and when needed.

Responding to the criticism, the UK’s Department for Transport said the safety of British travellers remained the highest priority. A spokesperson stated that the UK was liaising with Egypt and constantly reviewing security protocols. The representative finished off by saying flights would be allowed to resume when the time was ripe.

Airline industry insiders allege that a major stumbling block to the relaunch of flights is that despite an 18-month investigation into the bombing of Metrojet Flight 9268, Egypt has not managed to arrest the perpetrators. Although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not officially banned flights to Sharm el-Sheik, it advises against travel. This advisory means that insurance fees for flights would be astronomical.



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