The UK is lifting flight restrictions to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, four years after a ban was imposed following the bombing of a Russian airliner which left 224 people dead.
Before the ban was put in place, Sharm el Sheikh was a popular holiday destination for Brits, so it's no surprise that UK travel giants are already looking at potential flight routes and holiday packages they could offer holidaymakers now the restrictions are lifted.
For example, a spokesperson for easyJet told Mirror Online that the airline is currently looking 'at any opportunities' for both flights and holiday packages.
They said: "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."
Meanwhile a spokesperson for TUI said that the firm 'welcome the change in travel advice' and that the brand plans to re-introduce Sharm el Sheikh as a destination while 'taking into account customer demand'.
They explained to Mirror Online: "Sharm el Sheikh was always a popular holiday destination with our customers and we welcome the change in travel advice by the UK government.
"We will reintroduce Sharm el Sheikh, taking into account customer demand, and will now work closely with our hotel and airport partners so we can confirm more details in due course."
As for British Airways? The airline said that it looks to fly to the 'most popular destinations for our customers' so it could be that if demand is there, the airline looks to bring back flights to Sharm el Sheikh although it has not confirmed anything yet.
A spokesperson told us: "We regularly review our schedule to ensure that we are flying to the most popular destinations for our customers."
Following the news of the lifted restrictions, the FCO has already updated its Egypt travel advice explaining that they "no longer advise against all but essential travel by air to/from Sharm el Sheikh".
It says that an estimated 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018, with most visits being trouble free.
However, the authority still warns Brits that 'terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt'.
As part of its travel advice it explains: "Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. Although most attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country.
"Attacks could be indiscriminate, affecting Egyptian security forces, religious sites, large public gatherings and places visited by foreigners.
"There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks in or around religious sites and during religious festivals, such as the month of Ramadan and the Christmas period (including Coptic Christmas), when terrorist groups have sometimes called for attacks.
"Terrorist attacks have occurred over local holiday weekends. Terrorists have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past. There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks targeting Coptic Christians from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai in Egypt."
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