Egypt’s Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed is holding a series of meetings with representatives of the Thomas Cook airline company in London as part of ongoing contacts with British decision-makers to review travel restrictions to Sharm el-Sheikh amid demands by British tour operators and parliamentarians to resume trips to the resort.
The UK airline company Thomas Cook resumed flights to Marsa Alam Airport on October 21, after a nine-year suspension of flights to the city. The airline operates two flights weekly during the winter season, from the cities of Birmingham on Mondays and Gatwick on Thursdays.
The company advised its customers on its website to spend their holidays at the resorts of Marsa Alam and Hurghada highlighting available diving trips and ideal weather.
The company is expected to operate more flights with the start of the winter tourist season in November.
Egypt’s tourism sector, representing approximately 12 percent of the economy, has experienced significant problems in recent years, particularly since the downing of a Russian civilian aircraft over the Sinai peninsula in October 2015, which killed all 224 passengers on board. Russia, along with a host of European countries including the UK, suspended flights to Egyptian resorts after the incident.