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Germany Lifts Ban on Direct Flights to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh

May 11, 2016
Tourists pictured returning from the beach in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 7, 2015 (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)

The German Ministry of Transport has decided to recommence direct flights from Germany to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, after removing a ban on checked luggage to the town’s airport, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. The ban on flights had been in place since November 2015 and was implemented in response to the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula in late October, for which the Islamic State group subsequently claimed responsibility. “To clarify, [removing the ban] does not mean that flights will automatically resume to Sharm El-Sheikh. Whether flights resume or not depends on the interest of German travel companies and tourists to come to Sharm El-Sheikh. The decision to allow travelers to take their luggage with them in the same flight out of Sharm El-Sheikh may lead to an increased interest to resume flights,” head of the German Information Center Dr. Michael Reuss told Egyptian Streets via email. The decision to lift the ban on checked luggage comes after “the Federal Aviation Office officially informed all German tour operators with the said decision in preparation for flight resumption to and from Sharm…


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