Passengers check monitors as flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada appear as cancelled on a flight information board at Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Eleven empty British airliners are on standby in Cyprus and might be used to fly home thousands of tourists stranded in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh, airport authorities in the Mediterranean island said on Saturday.Some flights resumed Friday to bring home tourists stuck in the resort, where about 20,000 Britons were on holiday, but the operation descended into chaos when Egypt cut the number of flights it would allow to fly them out.An airport official in Cyprus said it was not yet clear what role Cypriot airports might play in efforts to fetch the stranded holidaymakers, but added that almost a dozen British commercial aircraft were at the island's two airports.Only eight of the 29 flights scheduled to fly Britons home left Sharm el-Sheikh Friday because Egypt said Britain's insistence that passengers returned with only hand luggage meant the airport was unable to cope.
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