E WTTC and UNWTO strongly urge the British Government to end the ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

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The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are asking the British Government to lift the current ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from airlines established in the United Kingdom.
In a letter to Theresa May, British Prime Minister, WTTC President and CEO David Scowsill and UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai stress the importance of re-establishing links to this seaside resort Egyptian because the current guidance in the Travel Councils has devastating effects on the economy and the social stability of the country. The ban has been in effect since an airplane of the Metrojet airline linking Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015.
In the letter it is explained that “travel and tourism have a vital role for the economy and for social peace in Egypt, knowing that they accounted for 11% of the country’s GDP and 2.6 million jobs In 2015. The decline in the number of visitors has destroyed a lot of jobs. The main concern in Egypt is that the lack of prospects for work, especially for young men and women, has created a sense of despair that may increase the temptation to become radicalized or flee aboard a refugee ship ” .
The Egyptian authorities have put in place important measures to raise the level of security at the airport but also in the vicinity. These improvements are now in line with safety standards as indicated by the UK Ministry of Transport. All other countries, including Germany and Russia, have allowed their airlines to resume flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.
The letter concludes as follows: “It is terrible to observe the impact that the United Kingdom Travel Directives currently have on Egypt, and in particular on active young people. We call on the Government of the United Kingdom to revise this policy by allowing the resumption of commercial flights to Sharm el-Sheikh to enable the travel and tourism sector to contribute again to GDP and employment in the country. “

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