An Easyjet plane is seen at Lisbon's airport, Portugal June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
CAIRO - 15 January 2020: The low-cost airline easyJet announced on Wednesday that it will resume flights between the United Kingdom and Sharm El-Sheikh in June 2020, after a hiatus of nearly 5 years.
According to Manchester Evening News, easyJet will operate two weekly flights from Manchester to Sharm El-Sheikh in June, and as of September, it will operate two flights from Gatwick in London.
In October 2019, The UK government announced it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.
In October 2019, The UK government announced it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's SharmEl-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.
According to the UK Government's statement, improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.
In December 2015, UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort were suspended after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Afterwards, both sides negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all procedures demanded by the Russian side.
“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” said Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Andrew Murrison.