TUI operates first UK – Sharm el Sheikh flight in four years

Sharm el Sheikh airport celebrated the return of UK flights on 16 February, after the UK government flight ban was lifted. TUI Airways was the first operator to return, to be followed by Egyptair on 29 February. Both will operate from London Gatwick, with easyJet returning on 07 June from Manchester.

  • TUI Airways relaunched London Gatwick to Sharm el Sheikh flights on 16 February. The twice-weekly service will be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays. These are the first UK – Sharm el Sheikh services since travel restrictions were imposed after the bombing of a MetroJet flight in November 2015. Such restrictions triggered a 99% drop in traffic between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh, from over 1.18 million annual passengers in 2015 to just 28,500 indirect passengers in 2016, mainly connecting via Cairo and Istanbul. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Egyptair is also set to resume services on 29 February.

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