The end of suspension is the first step towards services to Sharm El-Sheikh resuming – good news for many British divers. The first flights will resume in February 2020.

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.

The British government says it will work with air carriers that have expressed an interest in operating flights as they develop their plans.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport said:

“We look forward to services to Sharm El-Sheikh resuming, and lifting the restriction is the first step in that process. The safety and security of British nationals remains our top priority and this decision follows close co-operation between our aviation security experts and their Egyptian counterparts, and improvements in security procedures at the airport. We will now work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights to and from the airport.”

Gota Baraka, Red Sea
Red Sea by Tim Nicholson

The lifting of restrictions not only means that we can look forward to flights resuming, but that insurance for travel to Sharm El-Sheikh will be more widely available.

There is no relief for British divers wishing to visit Dahab though. The government is still advising against all but essential travel to all the Sinai coast on the Red Sea apart from the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport, Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq. More details are at Foreign travel advice Egypt.


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