Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Air Berlin cancels flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

Share this article

Air Berlin cancels flights to Sharm el-Sheikh
Holidaymakers snorkle off a Sharm el-Sheikh beach. Photo: DPA
08:00 CEST+02:00
Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists.

The suspension will last until April 30th - a peak period for Europeans seeking a sunny destination during their Easter vacations.

People who have already bought tickets will be reimbursed or offered places on flights to another Egyptian Red Sea resort, Hurghada, located not on the Sinai Peninsula but across the Gulf of Suez.

The airline's announcement follows warnings by Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for their nationals to avoid the Sinai following stepped up unrest and violence there. In February, three South Korean tourists were killed in a bomb attack on a bus claimed by an Al-Qaeda-inspired group.

Scores of Egyptian policemen and soldiers have been killed in attacks claimed by Sinai-based militants.

The skittishness of European companies and tourist carriers could be costly for Egypt, which depends on tourism for more than 11 percent of GDP.

SEE ALSO: TUI bans dolphin shows for Germans only

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement