Flight increase to provide much-needed boost for Egypt

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, His Excellency Mr Yehia Rashed, has announced that Thomas Cook Airlines will soon be operating 36 flights a week to Egypt. Speaking at the World Travel Market (WTM) travel industry event in London last week, Mr Rashed said that Thomas Cook flights to Egypt will increase over the popular winter season which is excellent news for divers.

According to Thomas Cook, the airline plan to add new flights to Hurghada from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham. The extra flights will offer increased alternatives for those wishing to travel to Egypt who are unable to travel to Sharm el Sheikh due to the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice.

Over 80 journalists and members of the media attended a press conference on the first day of World Travel Market to hear the Egyptian Minister of Tourism declare Egypt safe and open for business. The stand for the Egyptian Tourism Authority was home to 51 delegates from Egypt’s tourism industry and was awarded the ‘Best Stand for Doing Business’ title from the WTM judges.

More than 1.5 million British visitors came to Egypt in 2010 and this year numbers are expected to be down to less than 300,000 visitors.  Despite this, Egypt is confident of growth in 2017 with Thomas Cook, Thomson, Easyjet, British Airways and Egyptair flying every week to Egypt.

Rasha Azaizi, UK director of the Egyptian State Tourist Office in London, said: “We have been humbled and immensely encouraged by the huge level of support we have received from the British travel industry and media at this year’s WTM. While we know there are still challenges to overcome to build our recovery, we are positive we can achieve this with the help of our travel industry partners.”

Photo: Arnaud Chicurel for Egyptian State Tourist Office

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