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EasyJet passengers hopoing to board a flight home queue up (photo courtesy of Sam Tarling/The Daily Telegraph)

Chaos in Sharm el-Sheikh airport as British flights home are cancelled

In the aftermath of the devastating plane crash that claimed 224 lives on Saturday, thousands of British tourists have been stranded in Egypt after British airlines have cancelled flights too and from Sharm el-Sheikh

Confusion is reigning as thousands of stranded British tourists struggle to get home from the popular destination in the Sinai region of Egypt. This has come after easyJet has contacted the British Government over allegations that operations in Cairo have been blocking attempts to make unscheduled “rescue flights”.

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John Casson, UK ambassador to Egypt, is surrounded by British tourists in Sharm airport (photo courtesy of AP)

John Casson, UK ambassador to Egypt, is surrounded by British tourists in Sharm airport (photo courtesy of AP)

According to The Guardian, two easyJet flights managed to leave Sharm this morning, however other passengers were sent back to their hotels. The reason they had been given for their return, was that eight further rescue flights had been prevented from arriving by the Egyptian authorities.

EasyJet have also released a video statement on the livestreaming site, periscope, outlining their current difficulties in getting those in Egypt back home, and what those in Sharm can do to aid in getting themselves and others home. EasyJet also made mention of a “contingency plan”, should they be given permission to fly the initial 8 airplanes into Sharm airport.

Holiday airlines Monarch and Thompson, who had scheduled five and nine flights scheduled respectively, have stated that they are not aware of any changes or disruptions to the airlines, and that these flights are scheduled to go ahead. Likewise with airline giant British Airways, which has one flight scheduled.

In a statement, the Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron said he “understood” the frustrations that the trapped tourists are facing, saying that “his priority absolutely must be their safety”. This, however, is little comfort for those still stuck abroad.

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