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21 Sep 2016

BY Edward Robertson

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UK politicians urge government to lift Sharm flight ban

A group of politicians are urging the British government to lift the ban on flying to Sharm el-Sheikh.

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UK politicians urge government to lift Sharm flight ban

Following a week-long visit Sir Gerald Howarth, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Egypt, said he had been fully briefed on new security measures, both in the airport and the resort.

 

Having made an air-side inspection too, he said: “We thought that they’d put in some pretty sophisticated checks there and we think a lot has been done.

 

“But, most importantly, we talked to a representative from the UK’s Department for Transport who also felt that conditions had been met to enable flights to resume.

 

“I have already been in touch with the prime minister’s office and on behalf of my group, I have written a letter urging her to make a swift decision on this.

 

During their visit the group also met the Egyptian president; ministers for justice, tourism and defence; the national security advisor; representatives of the Egyptian parliament, and the chairman of the newly formed Egypt-British parliamentary group.

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