Saturday 10 December 2016

Terror fears mean uncertainty is new norm for tourism

Eoghan Corry

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

A woman waits outside the building where relatives and friends of passengers in the EgyptAi plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo were being accommodated at Cairo Airport. Photo: Reuters
A woman waits outside the building where relatives and friends of passengers in the EgyptAi plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo were being accommodated at Cairo Airport. Photo: Reuters

We do not yet know what happened to EgyptAir flight MS804, which was scheduled to travel from Paris CDG to Cairo. But we know what is likely to happen next. Passengers will cancel their flights. Travel to Egypt, already disrupted severely from the French market, will come to an abrupt halt, as travel from Ireland already has.

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All of north Africa and the Middle East region and anywhere associated with recent political upheaval will suffer cancellations of holiday bookings and airline routes, shredding their fragile tourism sectors.

France, 15 of whose citizens died when the aircraft mysteriously fell out of the sky and which has been hit twice by militants in the past 18 months, will accuse jihadists of targeting its Euro 2016 championship, already scheduled to be played under a state of emergency.

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