UK lifts flight ban to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh

Tourists arrive at the airport in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 9, 2015 for evacuation following an earlier Daesh bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2019

UK lifts flight ban to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh

  • Sharm El-Sheikh had been a major package-holiday destination for British tourists before the November 2015 attack
  • Since the attack, Egyptian authorities have spent millions of dollars to upgrade security at airports across the country

LONDON: UK airlines can resume flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, suspended after a Daesh bombing brought down a Russian passenger plane over Sinai four years ago, killing all 224 people on board, the British government said Tuesday.
The Department for Transport said “improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.”
“We look forward to services to Sharm El-Sheikh resuming, and lifting the restriction is the first step in that process,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, stressing that the “safety and security of British nationals remains our top priority.”
Sharm El-Sheikh, a top resort on the Sinai Peninsula, had been a major package-holiday destination for British tourists before the November 2015 attack, which and was claimed by the Daesh group.
Since the attack, Egyptian authorities have spent millions of dollars to upgrade security at airports across the country.
Travel company Tui welcomed Britain’s decision and said it planned to re-introduce trips to Sharm El-Sheikh, “taking into account customer demand.”
Egypt also welcomed the decision. The country’s civil aviation ministry said in a statement that it was a “step forward in a new stage of more flights for UK holidaymakers to all Egyptian airports.”
Tourism Minister Rania El-Mashat hailed the decision as a “message to the world that Egypt is safe” and that it would have a “positive impact” on British tourists heading to Egypt.
Egypt’s vital tourism industry has been showing signs of recovery lately, after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak. The downing of the Russian passenger jet was the final blow.
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.”


Sudan raises bread price, year after Bashir’s fall

Updated 08 April 2020

Sudan raises bread price, year after Bashir’s fall

  • One Sudanese pound buys only a 50 gram loaf of bread, compared to 70 grams previously
  • A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against President Omar Al-Bashir in December 2018

KHARTOUM: Sudanese authorities on Wednesday announced a rise in the price of bread in the capital Khartoum, nearly a year after the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir.
A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against Bashir in December 2018 — demonstrations that went on for months until the army deposed the longtime ruler on April 11 last year.
Wednesday’s change will mean that one Sudanese pound buys only a 50 gram loaf of bread, compared to 70 grams previously, according to Khartoum state governor Ahmed Abdoun.
In mid-December 2018, the price of bread had been hiked from one pound for a 70 gram loaf to three Sudanese pounds in parts of the country, triggering the social unrest that turned into mass anti-Bashir demonstrations.