UK – Sharm el-Sheikh Flights Halted

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. (REUTERS)

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1U58W
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. REUTERS

The British Government has suspended flights between the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh amid fears that the Russian-owned Airbus A321 which crashed on October 31 may have been brought down by an explosive device. The Metrojet aircraft, bound for St Petersburg, came down in the Sinai desert shortly after take-off killing all 224 on board.
In a statement on the evening of November 4, the British Government’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said: “We have concluded there was a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”
He added that UK representatives are in Sharm el-Sheikh to access the situation and that the Government is working with the airlines and Egyptian authorities to introduce short-term measures to guarantee the security of departing flights.
Nineteen services – all subsequently cancelled – were scheduled to fly from the popular Egyptian tourist destination on November 5 but British Airways and Monarch have stated that they will operate flights on Friday November 6. British Airways said it will operate two services while Monarch said three rescue flights will be provided in addition to two scheduled services.