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EasyJet Plc said flights due to rescue customers stranded in Sinai after Britain curbed operations amid concern that terrorists caused the plane crash there have been blocked by Egyptian authorities.
Eight services that would have extricated about 1,350 people from Sharm el-Sheik Friday have been canceled, EasyJet said, leaving just two aircraft stranded already in the resort to bring home about 339 tourists. Monarch Airlines and TUI AG said they expect repatriation flights to operate as planned.
EasyJet, which has about 4,500 customers in the Red Sea diving center, said the flights unable to operate were due to take people back to London’s Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports, Milan Malpensa and Manchester in northern England. The airline said it will continue to cover hotel costs and some other expenses.
“We are working with the U.K. government at the highest level on a solution,” EasyJet told clients on its website. “In the meantime we are also working on a contingency plan so we can operate as soon as we receive permission to fly.”
This article was written by Benjamin Katz and Kari Lundgren from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.