17 March 2016 – Travel Trade Update – Suspended flights to Egyptian resort Sharm el Sheikh are extended.
Airlines extend Sharm el Sheikh flight cancellations
Thursday 17 March 2016 – 0900hrs – Update 23 (Twenty-three) The advice from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising customers against all but essential air travel to Sharm El Sheikh Airport remains unchanged. As a result Monarch can confirm that it has now cancelled all flights from the UK to Sharm El Sheikh up to and including Friday 20 May 2016
EasyJet has extended the suspension of flights to Sharm el Sheikh up to May 27 as the Government continues to advise against flying to the Red Sea resort. EasyJet said cancelling flights now would provide some certainty for passengers booked to fly to Sharm in the spring and early summer. It means that the airline won’t offer flights to Sharm over the Easter holidays and families already booked will have to defer their travel plans, switch to another destination or to another airline. However, the airline might resume services in time for the school half-term break in late May if the Government lifts its ban on flights between the UK and Sharm.
British Airways has cancelled its services up to and including March 26.
The Department for Transport ordered airlines to cancel all regular services to the popular Egyptian resort last November after it was found that a bomb that brought down a Russian holiday jet had been smuggled on board at Sharm airport. It has said that flights cannot resume until it is satisfied the airport has adequate security in place.
Passengers who have booked to travel to Sharm with easyJet up to May 27 can arrange a voucher for the original value of the flights to use towards alternative flights or receive a full refund. The airline is suggesting trips to alternative destinations with good availability including the Canaries, Cyprus, Malta and Morocco. BA customers are being offered a refund, the option to defer their flight or to switch to another destination. Passengers due to travel on BA between March 28 and June 30 are also being given the option to defer their trips until after mid September or to cancel or switch to another destination. Monarch has recently cancelled its flights to Sharm until February 14 while Thomson and Thomas Cook announced last month that they were cancelling their services up to and including March 23.
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