Tight security will be in place as airlines start to bring home Britons stranded in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.
The UK government cancelled flights to and from the resort on Wednesday amid anxieties a Russian passenger aircraft had been brought down by a terrorist bomb.
Only hand luggage will be allowed on the flights, with hold baggage to be transported separately afterwards.
UK examiners believe a bomb was put in the hold of the Metrojet Airbus A3 21 before take-off , the BBC has learned.
The Russian aircraft was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg last Saturday when it crashed in the Sinai desert, killing all 224 people on board.
Easyjet, Monarch, Thomson and British Airways will all run UK-bound flights from mid-morning local hour for some of the estimated 19,000 British nationals on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh.
There will be additional security measures for passengers, put in place by British security officials who have assessed the airport.
Britons have been arriving at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the BBC that more than 20 flights would be leaving the resort and the “vast majority” of British tourists who “should have come back Wednesday, Thursday and Friday … will be back by tonight”.
In total, 19 flights are scheduled to leave Sharm el-Sheikh for Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester on Friday.
Outbound flights from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh remain suspended and the Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
British nationals in Sharm el-Sheikh are encouraged to check with their airline or tour operator on their travel plans 😛 TAGEND Monarch will operate three “rescue flights” from Sharm el-Sheikh, to Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham. It will also operate two scheduled flights to Gatwick and Manchester EasyJet will operate five special flights, as well as two scheduled flights, and two delays services from Wednesday Thomson will also begin returning customers to the UK on Friday British Airways will be flying clients back to Gatwick on the delayed BA2561 service Media captionFacts and figures: How terror menaces in Egypt have hit tourism Media captionWere Islamic militants behind Sinai crash?