Milan to Sharm el-Sheikh flights grounded

easyJet cancels flights from Milan.

UK low-cost carrier easyJet has temporarily suspended all flights from Milan to Sharm el-Sheikh until the security system at the popular Egyptian resort is deemed satisfactory.

Following speculation that the downing of a Russian airliner on Saturday 31 October may have been caused by a terrorist act, easyJet has joined other companies such as KLM in cancelling flights to Sharm.

A statement from easyJet says it is keeping the situation under observation and waiting for further information from the British government. Passengers who have booked a flight to Sharm over the next two weeks will be able to claim a refund or a new booking to a different destination without charge.

The airline is following advice by the UK government, which is making arrangements to repatriate some 20,000 of tourists stranded in the Egyptian holiday resort, including 180 Italians.

Although the crash minutes after takeoff was originally blamed on a mechanical fault, UK and US investigators are no longer ruling out an on-board explosive device, despite Russian and Egyptian reassurances. This implies the possibility that baggage checks at Sharm el-Sheikh airport are not secure.