easyJet to resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh this summer

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, has said that it will resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for the first time since November 2015.

The announcement follows the recent lifting of government restrictions on UK flights to Sharm el Sheikh. easyJet will offer two flights a week to the popular Red Sea destination commencing on June 7 from Manchester, and September 30 from London Gatwick. Both year-round services are on sale at www.easyjet.com.

In addition to Sharm el Sheikh, easyJet has also announced two new routes from Manchester. Flights to the Italian capital city Rome will operate three times a week starting on June 7 along with twice-weekly flights to Menorca with the first flight departing on June 4. The airline will also extend its winter flights to Hurghada to operate year-round three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays with the first flight departing on June 1.

Customers can book the new routes from across the UK including: Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh from £160.07 return; Manchester to Rome from £58.46 return; Manchester to Menorca from £46.29 return and London Gatwick to Sharm el Sheikh from £244.16 return. The fares are per person.

Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager, easyJet, said: ‘easyJet has seen significant growth at Manchester Airport over the last two years and has now carried 22 million passengers since operations began in 2008. In the past year alone, we have grown more than 17% driven by the basing of seven new aircraft which have enabled the introduction of popular new routes.

‘We are looking forward to operating these flights this summer and adding them to an ever growing range of great destinations for our customers. The resumption of services to Sharm el Sheikh and year-round flights to Hurghada are both fantastic destinations for both summer and winter sun, with stunning beaches boasting crystal clear waters and great diving and marine life to explore, we know they will once again be a popular choice for our customers.’

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled that easyJet is bringing these additional services to Manchester Airport, which will enhance the choice available this summer to the 22 million people across our wider catchment area.

‘The return of easyJet’s route to Sharm El Sheikh is very welcome and we are sure it will prove immensely popular with sunseekers all year round.’

TUI UK launches new Sharm El Sheikh route for winter 2020 from Cardiff Airport

TUI, one of the UK’s leading holiday providers, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh.

The flight to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff is now on sale with weekly flights operating on a Monday, with the first flight departing on November 2, 2020. This announcement comes after TUI last month announced plans to add over 30,000 extra seats Cardiff for summer 2020.

An Egyptian city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is known for the red sea and amazing sandy beaches, high quality hotels for stay and year-round sun. Four hotels including old favourites along the beautiful Red Sea coast are now on sale, TUI said.

The Exclusive 5T TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh is a favourite of customers travelling to the region year after year. Overlooking the Straits of Tiran, the Magic Life concept resort boasts a spa, fitness gym, sporting activities and professional live entertainment. The all-inclusive beach resort has three swimming pools and four restaurants offering regional and international cuisine.

The Exclusive 5T Reef Oasis Blue Bay includes a private beach, a water-park and a large outdoor infinity pool. The hotel is located near the Naama Bay with a wide choice of eating establishments, including an onsite Italian restaurant and a pub bar that serves food 24 hours a day.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced its winter 2020 and summer 2021 holiday programme which has since expanded with more destinations and added flights. We are delighted that the additional flights provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go away. With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning ahead the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel.

‘The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We are very pleased TUI has decided to bring Sharm El Sheikh back as a destination for customers in Wales. Our passengers love going to this part of Egypt and by TUI adding to the 25 holiday destinations served with direct flights from Cardiff, we are sure it will once again prove to be very popular.’

TUI UK announces holidays to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield for 2020

TUI, one of the world’s largest holiday companies, has recently announced the relaunch of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with flights starting in May 2020.

TUI’s service to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh will give customers more choice of winter sun and summer breaks. With the service, the UK holiday company will give customers an opportunity to return to the Red Sea resort. Resorts including TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh and Reef Oasis Blue Bay on the Red Sea coast will be on sale, with more hotel announcements under way.

Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh is known for its calm sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, has several bars and restaurants. The resort is also popular with those seeking water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. Ras Muhammad National Park is a popular diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

Mark Hall, Director of Product and Destination Experience TUI UK & Ireland, said ‘At TUI we’re committed to offering our customers an outstanding choice of holidays across the globe. Sharm el Sheikh was always a hugely popular destination and I am delighted to confirm that we are reintroducing the Egypt favourite to our summer 2020 programme.

In response to customer demand, our first flights from Doncaster Sheffield will operate from May 2020 and our resorts are all looking forward to welcoming our customers back with a smile.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted the TUI is reintroducing flights to Sharm El Sheikh from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and its great news for our customers that we can now offer flights to this popular holiday destination.

‘It’s another win for DSA coming hot on the heels of TUI announcing two new routes, Fuerteventura and Heraklion for next summer and fifteen extra weekly departures on existing routes by adding a fourth aircraft to their successful base, here in Yorkshire.

‘We are very proud of our almost 15-year partnership with TUI, one of the world’s leading travel companies, which has carried over 7 million passengers through DSA since 2005. We have a shared passion to provide an easy, friendly and relaxed service for our customers, offering flexibility and choice including long-haul destinations to Sandford, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.’

TUI UK announces holidays to Sharm El Sheikh in 2020 from Bristol Airport

TUI has announced that holidays to Sharm El Sheikh will be back on sale on November 7, with flights departing Bristol Airport from May 2020.

TUI’s service to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh gives customers more choice of winter sun and summer breaks. With the service, the UK holiday company will give customers an opportunity to return to the Red Sea resort. Resorts including TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh and Reef Oasis Blue Bay on the Red Sea coast will be on sale, with more hotel announcements under way.

Located between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh is known for its calm sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, has several bars and restaurants for a relaxing break. The resort is also popular with those seeking water sport activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. Ras Muhammad National Park is a popular diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

Mark Hall, Director of Product and Destination Experience TUI UK & Ireland, said, ‘At TUI we’re committed to offering our customers an outstanding choice of holidays across the globe. Sharm el Sheikh was always a hugely popular destination and I am delighted to confirm that we are reintroducing the Egypt favourite to our summer 2020 programme.

In response to customer demand, our first flights will operate from Bristol in May 2020 and our resorts are all looking forward to welcoming our customers back with a smile.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said: ‘It shows the strength of demand in the region and TUI’s commitment to Bristol Airport reintroducing the Sharm El Sheikh flights next year. This destination will be a firm favourite with customers and again extends the choice available to customers.’

Monarch refunds bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh, postpones resumption of service

Monarch Airlines, a British low-cost airline based at Luton Airport, is refunding bookings to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh up to and including February 9, 2017, reports said last week.

‘There has been no change in travel advice from the UK Government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding travel to Sharm El-Sheikh Airport,’ the UK-based airline reportedly said in a statement. ‘With no update or indications as to when the FCO travel advice may change, Monarch has cancelled all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh up to and including February 9, 2017.

Accordingly, the airline will not be resuming flights to the resort for the full winter season as planned. The carrier was expecting to resume flights to the Egyptian coastal resort on October 30.

Flights to and from Sharm El-Sheikh has been severely disrupted following the crash of a Russian aircraft in October 2015, which killed all 224 people on board. The Metrojet aircraft had departed from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, and investigations have indicated that the aircraft was brought down by terrorists.

Customers who have booked flights on Monarch services to Sharm el- Sheikh up to February 9 can re-book to an alternative Monarch destination free of charge or obtain a full refund, Monarch said. The airline said that it is still taking bookings from February 10 until the end of April, but will review this in the coming weeks, subject to Government advice.

Monarch Group chief executive Andrew Swaffield said: ‘I am disappointed that again we have had to cancel bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh.

‘Much hard work has been done by the UK and Egyptian Governments, along with the travel industry, to improve safety measures at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport and we hope to be able to re-open this important holiday market by February.’

Before the closure of the airport, roughly 700,000 Britons visited Sharm El-Sheikh every year, making it a popular and important holiday destination for the UK travel industry.

Thomas Cook has also cancelled all holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least Monday February 7, 2017, a report said.

Sharm el Sheikh Holidays Make a Lot Sense in 2013

Set on the Red Sea at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the area called Sharm el-Sheikh has some of the globe’s best scuba diving places. With its crystal clear warm water, the underwater world is spectacular. It has thousands of species of fish including colourful reef fish, sharks, barracudas, Morays as well as huge walls of coral, caves and shelves. The SS Thistlegorm is nearby and considered the best wreck dive in the world, and there are many more.

For serious divers, there are dive safaris that take people far away from the crowds to the best diving areas for a really great dive. This costs about the same price as daily diving from the resorts. There are other water sports available such as para-sailing, wind surfing and kite-surfing, boating and canoeing. With the mild, sunny climate and excellent beaches, Sharm el Sheikh is a good place to visit in 2013 for an inexpensive beach holiday or quick getaway.

There are three protected natural areas including the Nabq Protected Area with some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. It contains sand dunes, wild animals and mangrove forests. Ras Mohammed Natural Protected Park where there is excellent diving and St. Katherine National Park are the two other protected areas.

Camel Trekking

The land side of this beach resort has miles of cleanly swept sand dunes and desert. Its austere beauty can be appreciated on the back of a camel. Visitors go to Coloured Canyon and the base of Mount Sinai. Along the way travellers see hidden valleys and oases. The camels are especially bred by the owners and offer the ride of a lifetime over the desert. After watching the spectacular sunset, a barbeque dinner is prepared and entertainment in the form of music and dancing is provided by the locals. At midnight, visitors watch the night sky in awe never believing there could be so many brilliant stars.

Sharm Old Town

Visitors take a taxi or bus to the Sharm Old Town, which is called Sharm El Maya, to see the old market. There are luxury hotels in the area, but the market has not been developed for tourists, and the vendors love to see tourists coming, so they can charge their highest prices. No problem, visitors just need to haggle away and expect to pay about half of the original price. If it seems like too much, they can just walk away. The vendors will most likely call them back. The experience offers an enchanting time in another era.

Saint Catherine’s Monastery

One of the two oldest working monasteries in the world, the original building dates from the sixth century and contains the remains of the martyr Catherine of Alexandria. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth a visit for anyone staying in Sharm el-Sheikh. It is believed to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments and there is a living bush on the grounds that is purported to be the burning bush Moses saw. The monastery’s library also has the second largest collection of manuscripts and codices in the world after the Vatican Library.

Nightlife

The Na’ama Bay area is fully developed for tourism and, in 2013, offers excellent casinos, discos, and nightclubs. It has a promenade that runs the whole length of the seafront and is planted with flowering bushes. Along this walkway are restaurants, shops, boutiques, bars and nightclubs that keep the party going until early morning.

Conclusion

Sharm el Sheikh has plenty on offer for anyone visiting in 2013 on holiday, and there are lots of excellent deals around too! After a quick search for Sharm el Sheikh holidays, I found a range of excellent deals for 5 star hotels and flights included. If you get tired of lazing by the pool or relaxing on the beach, then there’s lots of diving, camel trekking, exploring and partying on offer!

Monarch Airlines Commences Flights from Birmingham to Sharm El Sheikh

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has commenced services from Birmingham Airport in the UK to Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt.

Sharm El Sheikh is bordered by the Red Sea on one side, and Mount Sinai on the other side. Water sports are a major attraction for tourists visiting the beach destination, and scuba diving in particular. Visitors flock to the resort to experience the underwater beauty of 250 coral reefs, and 1,000 different species of fish, which thrive in the waters.

The airline is offering a service to Sharm El Sheikh once a week, on a Thursday, for the winter season of 2012/13, for British travellers that are keen to find sunshine curing the UK’s coldest months.

The managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our winter 2012/13 flights programme from Birmingham Airport, providing our customers in the Midlands with even more flexibility and choice.

The launch of the Egypt flight, already a popular route for us out of Gatwick and Manchester airports, is a great opportunity for those who wish to escape the UK’s cold winters. This is followed by another exciting route launch in December when we have our first flight from Birmingham to the popular ski destination of Grenoble.’

Martyn Lloyd, the commercial director at Birmingham airport, said, ‘This new flight from Monarch means passengers now have even more choice from their local airport. We are delighted with the commitment that Monarch has shown to the region in offering this new route and also the addition of the new route to Grenoble. Monarch is going from strength to strength at Birmingham and the services and facilities that it offers means passengers have choice, value and convenience from their local airport.’

Tourism holds key to Egypt’s new democratic dawn

Travel and tourism will play a crucial role in Egypt’s future, as the country ushers in a new era of democracy and opportunity, with landmark presidential elections set for November.

The World Travel Awards (WTA) noted that tourism remains the lifeblood of the Egyptian economy, accounting for 1 in 8 jobs and 12 percent of the nation’s output.

WTA also suggested that now is an excellent time to visit Egypt before the crowds return, and is taking the lead by hosting its Africa & Indian Ceremony in Sharm El Sheikh on September 16, 2011.

The prestigious ceremony, the organisation’s first to be held in Egypt, will take place at SOHO Square, the luxury entertainment complex within Savoy Group, and will attract the leading travel and tourism brands from across Africa and the Indian Ocean as they compete for the most influential accolade in travel.

After months of intense voting covering over 2,000 categories, the nominees have been whittled down to the elite few, and include Ritz Carlton, South African Airways, Conrad Hotels, Shamwari, &Beyond, Six Senses, and Four Seasons.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, predicts that Egypt’s star attractions will lead to a swift recovery of its travel and tourism economy with the impending elections.

 

He said: “World-class destinations have an incredible ability to bounce back from adversity. Egypt is a remarkably resilient destination, boasting an incredible array of attractions from the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor to the spectacular diving of the Red Sea and the beaches of Sharm El Sheikh, the City of Peace.”

 

“Egypt is entering an exciting new dawn of hope and opportunity. And by attracting the travel industry elite to Sharm El Sheikh for our awards, we aim to showcase not only its world-class attractions and facilities but how tourism is serving as a force for good and a catalyst for change,” he added.

 

Emad Aziz, Chairman Savoy Sharm el Sheikh said: “I am honored that World Travel Awards is hosting its 2011 Africa&Indian Ocean Ceremony at The Savoy, Sharm-El-Sheikh. It will provide a great opportunity to showcase the attractions and facilities of our beautiful region to the travel and tourism world.”

 

“Our region offers a wealth of incredible attractions on our doorstep, all in a laid-back desert atmosphere. Sharm also serves as an ideal base to discover the ancient treasures of Luxor and Cairo,” he added.

 

Egypt will also be hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Day, which will be celebrated in the city of Aswan on September 27.

On a recent visit to Egypt, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, gave the green light saying, “Throughout my visit, it has been very clear that the Egyptian tourism sector is fully operational and ready to receive visitors.”

For more information about World Travel Awards 2011 Africa&Indian Ocean Ceremony and bookings, visit www.worldtravelawards.com/africa2011.