Tourists from four countries leave Egypt on 39 flights


Daesh had claimed responsibility for the Russian jet crash in Sinai, which killed all 224 people on board

CAIRO – Tourists from Russia, Germany, Italy and the U.K. are leaving Egypt on 39 flights from Sharm al-Sheikh International Airport one week after a Russian jet crashed, Egyptian civil aviation sources told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

According to the sources, the airport will receive 22 planes from Russia, eight from the U.K., six from Germany and five from Italy for their nationals to return home.

Daesh had claimed responsibility for the Russian jet crash in Sinai, which killed all 224 people on board.

Passengers and crew on board the Metrojet-operated flight, which was returning to St. Petersburg, Russia from the popular Egyptian holiday destination, were killed when their plane crashed in the Sinai desert.

Russia, Britain and Ireland have suspended their scheduled flights to Egypt, while Belgium, France and the Netherlands have all advised their citizens not to visit the Egyptian resort by air.

Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa have canceled their flights to the resort this weekend, while Air France, which does not fly to the town, said it would tighten security arrangements around its Cairo flights.