DIVE Calls on the UK FCO to Reinstate Direct Flights to Sharm
After British MPs, the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK, and legions of Sharm El Sheikh's UK diving fans have called for the resumption of flights to Sharm airport, we've started the lastest in a long line of petitions to the UK government to lift the travel advisory against 'all but essential travel to Sharm airport'.
It has been almost three and a half years since the flights were suspended. The travel 'advisory' is, in all but name, a ban on direct flights from the UK. More than £20million has been spent on beefing up security at the airport, including new equipment, staff re-training and background checks for employees.
Almost every other country in Europe is flying, along with the neighbouring Arab states. The resort itself is marked as 'safe' by the UK FCO. Tourism to Sharm has recovered greatly in the intervening years, and although plenty of indirect flights to Sharm are available, UK divers are missing out.
There have been plenty of petitions. We know that they have not been successful, but it's better to try and at least do something than sit back and do nothing at all.