Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Germany: Air Berlin Cancels All Flights to Sharm el-Sheikh Until April 30

According to http://www.eturbonews.com, Germany's second-largest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday (April 14) said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists on the Sinai Peninsula.
 
The suspension will last until April 30, 2014--a peak period for Europeans seeking a sunny destination during their Easter vacations. 

People who have already bought tickets will be reimbursed or offered places on flights to another Egyptian Red Sea resort, Hurghada--which is not situated on the Sinai Peninsula, but across the Gulf of Suez.  

COMMENT: The airline's announcement follows warnings by Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for their nationals to avoid all the Sinai Peninsula destinations following stepped up unrest and violence there. 

In February, three South Korean tourists and an Egyptian driver were killed and nine injured in an IED attack on a tour bus claimed by an al-Qaeda-linked group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis AKA ABM that was designated as a terrorist group by the US, effective April 9, 2014:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/04/egypt-ansar-bayt-al-maqdis-designated

Scores of Egyptian policemen and soldiers have been killed in attacks claimed by Sinai-based militants.