EasyJet, BA Won't Serve Sinai for Rest of Year as Threat Remainsby and
Discount airline says move will help people plan for Christmas
Britain still working with Egypt to deliver `robust security'
EasyJet Plc and British Airways said they won’t resume flights to Sharm el-Sheik until January at the earliest as the U.K. shows no sign of lifting a ban on services to the Egyptian resort imposed after a suspected bomb attack on a Russian jetliner killed 224 people on Oct. 31.
EasyJet is extending its suspension of the route until Jan. 6 “to help provide some certainty for passengers over the Christmas period,” while British Airways has scrapped flights through Jan. 14, the U.K. companies said Tuesday in e-mailed statements.
“Following discussions with the Department for Transport, EasyJet took the decision to suspend all flying between the U.K. and Sharm el-Sheikh after Nov. 4, and won’t resume flights until the government’s advice changes,” Europe’s biggest discount carrier said.
The DfT, which originally halted flights to the Sinai location through Nov. 25, said Tuesday that the ban will remain in place as Britain works with Egyptian authorities to deliver “robust security measures.” It’s too early to speculate about when services might resume, it said.
Some 20,000 Britons had to be evacuated from Sharm el-Sheikh after Prime Minister David Cameron halted scheduled flights amid concern a bomb was to blame for the loss of the Metrojet Airbus A321 plane bound for St. Petersburg.
British Airways said it hasn’t flown any customers to the resort since Nov. 2 and that its last flight out was on Nov. 14. “The safety and security of our customers will continue to be our top priorities in any decisions we may make,” it said.
Luton, England-based EasyJet said passengers will get a refund, flight voucher or can rebook to another city in its network.