More Britons stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh flown home by airlines

MIdeast Egypt Russian Plane Crash

A Thomas Cook flight has left Sharm el-Sheikh bound for the UK as airlines continue their efforts to bring holidaymakers home following the Russian plane crash.

The plane left the Egyptian city shortly before 3pm with 220 passengers on board bound for Gatwick Airport, where it will touch down this evening.

It is one of nine flights expected to bring stranded tourists to the UK today.

Monarch has two flights, to Bristol and Manchester, while two Thomson planes will also bring holidaymakers back to Manchester Airport.

A second Thomas Cook flight is also expected to leave for Manchester, while British Airways sent an empty plane to Sharm el-Sheikh this morning to return holidaymakers to Gatwick this evening.

EasyJet also plans to bring another 445 passengers back, with two planes due to fly in to Luton tonight. The company has around 4,000 passengers in Sharm el-Sheikh, of whom 1,000 have been delayed.