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The UK government announced today that the ban on flights between Sharm El-Sheikh Airport and the UK has been lifted. Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport said that “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.”

The ban lasted four years after the crash of a Metrojet Airbus A320 and was reportedly a factor in the financial collapse of leading UK travel firms Thomas Cook and Monarch last September. This is the first step in the continuation of flights, which will provide more choices for UK holidaymakers as they consider a trip to Egypt and comes at a perfect time since the weather in Sharm El-Sheikh will start to cool down.

In response to the news, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism said, “Egypt welcomes the return of British tourists”, adding that it is “a testament to the ongoing cooperation between both nations.”