Thomas Cook cancels flights and holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh

Thomas Cook cancels flights and holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh

Thomas Cook has cancelled all its flights to Sharm El Sheikh for this winter and next summer.

The decision to scrap the Egyptian destination is based on Foreign Office travel guidance, which advises against all but essential travel to the coastal resort.

It is thought to affect around 300 passengers who had already booked their holidays to Sharm.

The travel advice has been in place since 2015, when a Russian St Petersburg-bound plane crashed in North Sinai, killing all 224 passengers. Russian authorities believed the plane was brought down by an explosive on board.

Thomas Cook had hoped this advice would change, however it remains in place.

The operator has announced a new Egyptian destination which bosses say will double the number of Britons travelling to Egypt compared to last year.

From November, Red Sea resort Marsa Alam will be served twice a week by Thomas Cook, while the operator also intends to add more flights to current destination Hurghada – 100 kilometres from Sharm.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said: “The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to advise against travel to Sharm El Sheikh airport, and we have no plans to reintroduce a programme to Sharm until after that advice changes.

“The five flights per week which we had scheduled this winter have now been cancelled. We are contacting those customers who have booked with us to offer a refund or a destination change free of charge.

“The resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea is popular with customers for this summer and the winter ahead. To keep up with demand, we’re pleased to announce that we will begin two flights per week to the Red Sea resort of Marsa Alam from November this year.”

Despite concerns, Thomas Cook is expecting to fly double the number of UK tourists to Egypt in 2017 compared to 2016, with over 150,000 bookings.

Marsa Alam is located two hours south of Hurghada and is popular with divers and snorklers.

Thomas Cook said it was contacting people with bookings to Sharm to make alternative arrangements. Customers affected can contact Thomas Cook on 01733 224 536.

Originally PostedManchester Evening News Website

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