TUI details relaunch of flights from 5 U.K. airports to Sharm el-Sheikh

Nov 19, 2019

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The U.K.-based leisure carrier TUI Airways has detailed its plans to return to one of Egypt’s popular resort destinations. Beginning February 2020, the carrier plans to resume service to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, following the U.K. government’s lifting of restrictions on air travel.

As reported by RoutesOnline, TUI will first resume flights from Birmingham (BHX), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) in February 2020. Then, from May 2020, it’ll also resume flights from Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA) and Bristol (BRS) to SSH.

The routes will resume on the following dates:

  • Birmingham (BHX) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) — 19 February 2020 with 1x weekly service (2x weekly from 3 May)
  • Bristol (BRS) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) — 6 May 2020 with 1x weekly service
  • Doncaster/Sheffield (DSA) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) — 3 May 2020 with 1x weekly service
  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) — 16 February 2020 with 2x weekly service (3x weekly from 3 May)
  • Manchester (MAN) to Sharm el-Sheikh (SSH) — 16 February 2020 with 2x weekly service (3x weekly from 3 May)

On each of the routes, TUI plans to use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Flights between the U.K. and Sharm el-Sheikh stopped in 2015 after 224 people died in the bombing of a Russian passenger aircraft. Following the incident, Egyptian officials said that the airport’s security standards weren’t up to par, and the U.K. government advised airlines from flying to the airport.

However, as of October, the U.K. Department for Transport said that SSH had improved its security procedures and lifted its advisement. In addition, the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office changed its stance on travelling to the popular resort destination, saying that it “no longer advises against all but essential travel by air to/from Sharm el-Sheikh”. However, it said that “there remains a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation in Egypt”.

Tickets for each of the relaunched routes are on sale now.

TUI is the first major commercial airline to announce plans to resume service from the U.K. to Sharm el-Sheikh following the ban. EasyJet said in October that it would “look at any opportunities” to launch service.

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