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Repatriation of Swedes from Egypt delayed

TT/The Local/vt · 31 Jan 2011, 08:58

Published: 31 Jan 2011 08:58 GMT+01:00

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The company aims to repatriate about 1,800 Swedish tourists this week who are currently in Egypt, of which 1,200 are in Hurghada and 600 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

"This is the latest information I have," the company's Swedish communications director Magdalena Öhrn said on Sunday.

Ving, owned by UK travel giant Thomas Cook, currently has about 1,800 tourists in Egypt, where violent protests in some quarters have erupted as a result of the revolt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years.

Most tourists will be able to return home on regular flights this week. Peter Hellström, communications officer at tour operators Fritidsresor and Temaresor, said that the companies will begin return flights on Monday.

"Today, we will fly 38 Swedes who travelled with Fritidsresor from Marsa Alam to Copenhagen," he said.

Another approximately 2,300 tourists will return home this week, most on regular flights on Tuesday and Thursday.

"Those who have booked trips of two to three weeks may also return on those planes and we will even run extra flights," he said.

All the companies that news agency TT has had contact with are following the current travel warning from Sweden's foreign ministry, resulting in empty planes flying to Egypt. Swedish tour operators Solresor has about 700 tourist and Detur 800.

Öhrn said that the company has not yet calculated how much it is losing on cancelled trips.

"Now it is only about getting tourists home," she said.

Tourists who planned to travel to Egypt in the near future have been offered free cancellations or rebookings.

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"If someone books a more expensive destination, he or she will pay the difference," Öhrn explained.

Sweden's foreign ministry has advised Swedes from all "non-essential" travel to all of Egypt until further notice. The Swedish embassy in Cairo has further warned Swedes to avoid "political events, demonstrations and other large gatherings of people."

According to Joakim Larsson of the ministry's press office, there was no reason to reconsider that decision as of Monday morning. Sweden currently has no plans to launch a state-led evacuation of the approximately 15,000 Swedes who may be in the country, he added.

"However, that assessment may change if the security situation deteriorates further," he said.

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Your comments about this article

18:10 January 31, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush

Why would anyone in their right mind go there in the first place.

I guess Swedes can't think for themselves, as they need an adult to tell them if it's safe or not.

Can You say "Sheople"?

Geesch : )
18:17 January 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
"Why would anyone in their right mind go there in the first place"

perhaps it is too much for your brain like your name sake G W Bush

but try sun sea and sand, great diving on coral reefs in the Red Sea and relaxation, hundreds of thousands of people from all over Europe go there every year
20:14 January 31, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
Hey Rick, the next drinks on me. I know how you like to drink.

I don't like GWB, He's the reason for all the mass immagration.

Try using You're head for more than just a hat rack : )

Red Sea? No thanks, I'll take Australia. No worries there mate. Good beer too!
04:39 February 1, 2011 by UScitizen
Hey JHB I agree with you about my friend Rick. He's probably not much of a traveler himself, probably just sits at home and throws back a few while thinking of some hateful, false accusations to post about other readers of the local.

I've never been "down under" myself but it seems like a real nice place. There are so many beautiful peaceful places in the world, why go to someplace volatile where you'd be in danger? Vacations are to relax and enjoy.
11:32 February 1, 2011 by johnny1939
It would be best to stay out of the near east for a while More than one country is ready to blow. there are other places to visit like Hawaii that is safe and wonderful. Yes I know it is a longer trip but it is no fun to hang about airports w/o drink and food + empty ATMs. Bon Voyage!!
11:47 February 1, 2011 by Rick Methven
I have been to the Red sea resorts, both on the Israeli and the Egyptian sides but as far as a winter break goes, the Canaries is much better. Just come back from 2 relaxing weeks.

@UScitizen: I have most probably been to more countries than you have hot dinners. 112 at the latest count after 45 years travelling. I also speak 9 languages
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