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Lift Ban on Sharm El Sheikh, Says Parliamentary Group

A Parliamentary group has called for the lifting of the travel ban on Egyptian holiday destination Sharm El Sheik as more airlines could be at risk of collapse, as was the case with Monarch last weekend.

The Chief Executive of Monarch, which went into administration in the early hours of Monday, said that terrorist attacks and and resulting travel bans in areas such as Egypt, as one of the 'root causes' behind the airline's demise.

Monarch CEO Andrew Swaffield told the BBC that "flights were being squeezed into a smaller number of destinations and a 25pc reduction in ticket prices on our routes created a massive economic challenge for our short-haul network".  He said that terrorism had impacted on Monarch's Egyptian and Turkish routes considerably.

The airline's collapse prompted renews calls from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt, chaired by Jonathan Lord MP and Stephen Timms MP,  to remove a travel ban on UK flights into Sharm El-Sheikh airport. "If we do not want to hear of further similar stories, it is vital that the flight ban be lifted as soon as possible," the group said.

Flights into Sharm El-Sheikh airport were halted in the wake of the crash of a St Petersburg-bound aircraft in October 2015. As well as advising against all but essential travel to Sharm, The Foreign Office had also advised against travel to Tunisia, another region which was one of Monarch's biggest markets.

However, in late July, it eased its travel advice on Tunisia, meaning British holidaymakers could once again visit the area.  In August, the all party Parliamentary Group said it had received no explanation as to why the flight restriction had not been lifted after Egyptian authorities went to "considerable lengths” to secure Sharm El Sheikh's airport.

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