Restrictions on flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh have been lifted.
The Department for Transport announced that it has ended the ban due to improvements in security procedures at the Egyptian resort’s airport and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security.
Sharm el-Sheikh was a popular destination with UK tourists until all UK flights were banned in November 2015 following the bombing of a Russian airliner.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 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.”
A spokeswoman for travel firm Tui said: “Sharm el-Sheikh was always a popular holiday destination with our customers and we welcome the change in travel advice by the UK Government.
“We will reintroduce Sharm el-Sheikh, taking into account customer demand, and will now work closely with our hotel and airport partners so we can confirm more details in due course.”
Airline easyJet said in a statement: “We are aware of the lifting of the restriction on UK airlines flying into Sharm el-Sheikh Airport and will look at any opportunities for easyJet and easyJet Holidays as a result.”
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