Germany's Lufthansa Group says halts Sharm el-Sheikh flights

Lufthansa cancelled 520 flights scheduled for Saturday, grounding 58,000 passengers as cabin staff went on a week-long blitz of walkouts (AFP Photo/Daniel Roland)

Berlin (AFP) - The Lufthansa Group said Thursday it would halt flights by its subsidiary Eurowings between Germany and Sharm el-Sheikh, citing "the current situation on the Sinai peninsula".

It also said it would cooperate with the German foreign ministry and tour operators to repatriate holiday-makers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort.

However the Swiss airline Edelweiss, also a subsidiary of the German group, said it would maintain its weekly flight to the Egyptian resort, clarifying Lufthansa's earlier statement that it had also temporarily scrapped services.

Britain and Ireland earlier temporarily suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh after a Russian plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off from the resort, killing all 224 people on board, in what Britain and Washington suspect was a bomb attack.

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