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Irish tour operators cancel all trips to Sharm el-Sheikh until April

The news comes as more airlines suspend flights to the popular resort

Image: Denis Tyrin

TOUR OPERATORS IN Ireland have cancelled all trips from Dublin to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least April of next year.

The news comes as The Guardian reports that British Airways and Easyjet have suspended all flights to the popular resort.

When contacted by TheJournal.ie, sales representatives from Falcon Holidays and Red Sea Holidays tour operators said that all tours from Ireland to Sharm el-Sheikh have been cancelled until April – the start of the summer season.

The operators usually offer winter season packages to the area, but deals that were available at the start of November for holidays in January have since been discontinued.

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A plane crashed shortly after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport last month, killing 224 people on board.

It is believed that an improvised bomb was planted aboard the aircraft, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for downing it.

EasyJet said in a statement that it was cancelling flights to give customers certainty for planning their Christmas holidays. The Guardian reports that the airline will refund about 5,000 passengers who were booked on flights.

“To help provide some certainty for our customers’ travel arrangements over the Christmas period, we can now confirm we will be cancelling all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh until 6 January 2016.”

BA has said that it is suspending all flights to the popular tourist destination until January 14 and is keeping flights after that under review.

A spokesperson said: “The safety and security of our customers will continue to be our top priorities in any decisions we may make.”

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