British airlines cancel more flights to Egypt resort after deadly IS attack

British airlines cancel more flights to Egypt resort after deadly IS attack
A file handout picture taken on November 1, 2015 and released on November 3, 2015 by Russia's Emergency Ministry shows Russian Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov (4th L) visiting the crash site of a A321 Russian airliner in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Russian airline Kogalymavia's flight 9268 crashed en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg on October 31, killing all 224 people on board.
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London - A string of British airlines have again delayed the resumption of regular flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following a plane crash earlier this year.

The airlines first suspended flights after the crash of a Russian airliner near the Red Sea holiday destination on October 31 in which all 224 people on board died.

Investigators have concluded it was downed by a bomb and the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the attack had raised doubts about "the capability of the security on the ground" at the airport.

Extending previous announcements, Thomson and Thomas Cook say they are now cancelling all flights to the resort up to and including March 23.

Monarch and easyJet have pushed their resumption dates back to January 25 and February 29 respectively.

British Airways has cancelled all flights to and from Sharm el Sheikh until February 13.

The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential air travel to and from the resort.

Tourist numbers in Egypt have plunged in recent months. The sector is crucial to the country's economy, employing nearly one in nine workers.

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