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EasyJet, BA cancel Sharm el-Sheikh flights until January

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

British Airways and easyJet have cancelled flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least January, as Britain advises its citizens to avoid travel there after last month's downing of a Russian passenger jet.

Britain and several other countries cancelled all flights to the Egyptian resort after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed on October 31, killing 224 people. The Islamic State militant group said it downed the plane with a bomb.

Almost 20,000 British vacationers were repatriated, and the Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the Red Sea resort's airport.

EasyJet said yesterday that after discussions with the government, it had decided not to resume flights "until the government's advice changes". It scrapped flights until at least January 6, offering passengers a refund or a flight to another destination.

British Airways said it was suspending flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until January 14.

British holiday carriers, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook, have stopped flying to the airport until dates in December.