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Egyptian vacation: cancelled flights, evacuation and stranded holidaymakers

November 09, 2015, 19:05 UTC+3
As the evacuation of Russian tourists from Egypt started, Egyptian beaches gradually become empty, but some tourists do not want to interrupt their vacation
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Russian tourists seen by buses at an entrance to the grounds of Sharm el-Sheikh airport
Russian tourists seen by buses at an entrance to the grounds of Sharm el-Sheikh airport
Russian tourists seen by buses at an entrance to the grounds of Sharm el-Sheikh airport
© Maxim Grigoryev/TASS
Passengers at the airport of Cairo
Passengers at the airport of Cairo
Passengers at the airport of Cairo
© Maxim Grigoryev/TASS
Passengers looking at flight schedule boards at Pulkovo International airport in St. Petersburg
Passengers looking at flight schedule boards at Pulkovo International airport in St. Petersburg
Passengers looking at flight schedule boards at Pulkovo International airport in St. Petersburg
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
Travellers lining up at a travel agency desk in Domodedovo airport in Moscow as their flight to Egypt was cancelled
Travellers lining up at a travel agency desk in Domodedovo airport in Moscow as their flight to Egypt was cancelled
Travellers lining up at a travel agency desk in Domodedovo airport in Moscow as their flight to Egypt was cancelled
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Russian tourists arrived at Pulkovo airport from Egypt
Russian tourists arrived at Pulkovo airport from Egypt
Russian tourists arrived at Pulkovo airport from Egypt
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
A family or friends reuniting at Pulkovo airport on arrival from Egypt
A family or friends reuniting at Pulkovo airport on arrival from Egypt
A family or friends reuniting at Pulkovo airport on arrival from Egypt
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
Tourists with their luggage at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt
Tourists with their luggage at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt
Tourists with their luggage at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt
© AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Latif
Unloading an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter carrying luggage of Russian tourists from Egypt to Moscow
Unloading an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter carrying luggage of Russian tourists from Egypt to Moscow
Unloading an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter carrying luggage of Russian tourists from Egypt to Moscow
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Russian tourists leaving Egypt are allowed to take only cabin baggage, the rest of their luggage is being delivered to Moscow by Russian cargo planes
Russian tourists leaving Egypt are allowed to take only cabin baggage, the rest of their luggage is being delivered to Moscow by Russian cargo planes
Russian tourists leaving Egypt are allowed to take only cabin baggage, the rest of their luggage is being delivered to Moscow by Russian cargo planes
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
An empty public beach is seen in Namaa Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
An empty public beach is seen in Namaa Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
An empty public beach is seen in Namaa Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Russian tourists shoping in the Old Market in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Russian tourists shoping in the Old Market in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Russian tourists shoping in the Old Market in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Ahmed Abd el-Latif
Tourists at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Tourists at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Tourists at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© EPA/KHALED ELFIQI
Bar in Namaa bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday
Bar in Namaa bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday
Bar in Namaa bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Abandoned shops in Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Abandoned shops in Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Abandoned shops in Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Tourists have their documents checked by Egyptian police as they prepare to be evacuated from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, Egypt
Tourists have their documents checked by Egyptian police as they prepare to be evacuated from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, Egypt
Tourists have their documents checked by Egyptian police as they prepare to be evacuated from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, Egypt
© AP Photo/ Vinciane Jacquet
Passengers boarding an Egyptair Express plane bound for Cairo at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, Egypt
Passengers boarding an Egyptair Express plane bound for Cairo at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, Egypt
Passengers boarding an Egyptair Express plane bound for Cairo at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, Egypt
© AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell
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Russian tourists seen by buses at an entrance to the grounds of Sharm el-Sheikh airport
© Maxim Grigoryev/TASS
Passengers at the airport of Cairo
© Maxim Grigoryev/TASS
Passengers looking at flight schedule boards at Pulkovo International airport in St. Petersburg
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
Travellers lining up at a travel agency desk in Domodedovo airport in Moscow as their flight to Egypt was cancelled
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Russian tourists arrived at Pulkovo airport from Egypt
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
A family or friends reuniting at Pulkovo airport on arrival from Egypt
© Sergei Konkov/TASS
Tourists with their luggage at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt
© AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Latif
Unloading an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter carrying luggage of Russian tourists from Egypt to Moscow
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Russian tourists leaving Egypt are allowed to take only cabin baggage, the rest of their luggage is being delivered to Moscow by Russian cargo planes
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
An empty public beach is seen in Namaa Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Russian tourists shoping in the Old Market in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Ahmed Abd el-Latif
Tourists at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© EPA/KHALED ELFIQI
Bar in Namaa bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Abandoned shops in Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
© AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet
Tourists have their documents checked by Egyptian police as they prepare to be evacuated from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, Egypt
© AP Photo/ Vinciane Jacquet
Passengers boarding an Egyptair Express plane bound for Cairo at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, Egypt
© AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell

On November 6 Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with the recommendations of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee and ordered to suspend Egypt flights. From 10p.m. Moscow time on November 6, all regular, transit and chartered flights from Russia to Egypt, carrying passengers, were suspended. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that the measure will be in force not until the end of the investigation of Kogalymavia Flight 9268 crash over Sinai on October 31 but rather until appropriate security measures are ensured. Putin also ordered to assist Russian citizens in returning from Egypt. According to the Association of Russian Tour Operators, around 15,000 Russian tourists were evacuated from Egypt over the last weekend of November 7-8. As of November 9, about 50,000 Russian citizens remain in Egypt. Situation with Russian tourists at the airports and Egyptian resorts - in this gallery by TASS.

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