Irish Airlines told not to fly to Sharm el Sheikh airport


The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has told all Irish airlines to avoid the airspace of the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace until further notice.

The move comes following the crash of a Russian airliner A321 in the area last week.

In a brief statement issued this evening, it said:

"The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) directs Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el‐Sheikh Airport, Egypt or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace until further notice."

Earlier Downing Street released the following statement.

 “While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed. But as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.

 “That will allow time for a team of UK aviation experts, currently travelling to Sharm, to make an assessment of the security arrangements in place at the airport and to identify whether any further action is required.”