FILE – Minister of Civil Aviation Sharif Fathi
CAIRO – 25 December 2017: Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy said Sunday that Britain does not have political concerns regarding Sharm Al-Sheikh Airport.
In an interview with Wael al-Ebrashy on Dream TV channel, Fathy said that Britons asked to lift the travel ban to Egypt, but the decision is pending political approval.
“They praised Sharm Al-Sheikh Airport and considered it one of the most secure airports,” Fathy added.
Fathy travelled Monday to Thailand to attend the Global Aviation Security Plan, co-hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Bangkok. The meeting aimed to enhance aviation security.
Following a Russian plane crash in the Sinai Desert in November 2015, Downing Street banned all British flights to Sharm Al-Sheikh.
“Around 40 British delegates have submitted a request to the British government to lift the ban,” Egypt's Ambassador to Britain Nasser Kamel said in a press statement on the sidelines of the World Travel Market (WTM) in November.