Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sharm el Sheikh ban lifted, what happens now?

CCTV, airport security and GPS on tour buses are just some of the new security measures that have persuaded the UK Foreign Office to finally lift its ban on flights to Sharm el Sheikh.

The ban has been in place for four years since a Russian charter flight to St Petersburg crashed in the Sinai desert shortly after take-off from the Egyptian resort.

Investigators into the crash concluded that an explosive device concealed in a soft drink can was placed onboard at Sharm's airport.

Despite the flight ban, Egypt has remained a popular destination for British holidaymakers and operators have been adding capacity to other Red Sea resorts, including Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

Now the ban has been lifted, how quickly can Sharm open up again to the UK market and what does this mean for Egypt's tourism?

TravelMole's Graham McKenzie spoke to Amr El Ezabi, UK and Ireland director for the Egyptian State Tourist Authority.



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