The Foreign Office has arranged a chartered plane that flew into Cairo from Gatwick yesterday for Britons that are still stranded in the embattled capital.
The jet, which landed in Cairo from Gatwick on Wednesday, can carry up to 220 passengers. According to the FCO, more than two hundred Britons have already expressed interest in the flight. It is not yet decided when the aircraft will take off on Thursday.
Fares on the chartered flight are set at £300 per person, a move, which Downing Street has already been forced to defend. According to the Foreign Office, offering the chartered flight at no cost would discourage commercial airlines from getting flights in and out quickly.
The FCO said that it would work to not encroach on allotted times for commercial flights and thus has not yet decided when the chartered plane will take off. Those with seats on scheduled commercial flights were encouraged to retain them, leaving the seats on the charter for those with no way to leave the country.
Cairo has become a war zone as protests broke out against the country’s current president. Prime Minister David Cameron pleaded with Egyptian officials to bring democracy to the country quickly and put an end to the violence plaguing the city.