News updates about flights to Egypt, in brief . . .
The new year started with turmoil in Egypt - but holiday makers to the Red Sea resorts, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Taba and Marsa Alam, were still able to travel and enjoy their holidays as normal.
I know of some travellers who were in Luxor during general riots (especially in Cairo); they found Luxor relatively calm, and were able to bring out video and news, which was welcome when the inernet and phone communications were disabled.
Evacuation flights from Cairo began for many nationalities, before Egypt's airspace was shut down temporarily. When it reopened, Qatar Airways operated in-bound and out-bound flights to Egypt as scheduled, but several airlines from Turkish Airlines (THY) to Russia's Rossiya Air Company cancelled flights to Egypt and other airlines started revising their 2011 flight schedules. The day before Mubarak's resignation, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays causing anger amongst tourists as they announced their suspension of flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, effective from 1 March, 2011.
On 11 February 2011, after 18 days of public protest demonstrations, Egypt’s President Mubarak finally stepped down, and four days later, on 15 February 2011, the British FCO withdrew its earlier advice against travel to Cairo, Aexandria, Luxor and Suez.
Tourits may now be asking themselves whether we are about to see a bumper crop of cheap holidays to Egypt.
Luxor is calm and shops have re-opened. The University of Chicago team reported no damage to any site following some rioting at the weekend, and 'business as usual' with 10 tour buses visiting a temple in Luxor.
Holidaymakers are expected to flood back to Luxor over the coming weeks following a decision by the British Foreign Office to lift advice against travel to the region. Luxor is the centre of cruise holidays on the River Nile, with trade from international visitors hard hit by 18-days of protests against outgoing president Hosni Mubarak.
Red Sea Resorts (Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada etc) are still "calm" - and the 7pm - 6am curfew is apparently not being enforced in the Red Sea Resort area, which helps holiday makers a lot. Thomas Cook and Thomson (Britain's two largest holiday companies) say that the resorts have not been affected by the recent demonstrations.
However, at the time of writing, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are still warning against "all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez".
Zahi Hawass' apparent assurance of a ministerial position just before Mubarak resigned has prompted a demonstration by about 150 archaeology students and workers outside his office. They objected to his handling of a break-in at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on 28 January 2011, and demanded his resignation. (Hawass had initially said that no artifacts were stolen, but later listed 18 missing items.)
One archaeologist reported on the state of Egypt's antiquities.
On the 18th day of protests demanding his resignation, Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down as Egyptian President after 29 years in power. Temporarily, the Egyptian army will rule alongside Vice President Omar Suleiman with elections planned for later this year.
Jet2.com will suspend services from Manchester to the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada indefinitely from March 1, because of the political unrest in Egypt.
Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice have cancelled flights from London scheduled for Wednesday, to and from Luxor and Aswan.
Thomas Cook announced that their second-quarter profits will suffer by an estimated £20m due to the unrest in Egypt and Tunisia.
TUI announced that unrest in Tunisia and Egypt could cost it up to £30m in cancellations and rebooking customers to alternative destinations. However it has otherwise enjoyed a strong start to the year, with lower pre-tax losses to the end of 2010.
The Foreign Office charters a second repatriation flight to British citizens in Egypt on Saturday.
Five died and several hundred people also suffered injuries, in a development that Ahmed Shafiq described as a “fatal error”: Anti government protestors clashed with Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square.
The first evacuation flight - carrying more than 200 passengers - flew from Cairo to London on Thursday.
The first flights evacuating Americans from Egypt took off on Monday. One aircraft carrying 42 Americans landed in Cyprus, and a second took 177 Americans to Athens.
Ismail Serageldin, Director of Alexandria's Bibliotheca Alexandrina, thanked Egypt's young people for helping to protect the country's museums and archaeological sites from looters during the unrest. The young people organized themselves to direct traffic and protect neighborhoods, and cooperated with the army and museum or library staff to guard the Egyptian Museum, the Library of Alexandria and other public buildings
Swiss International Air Lines is advertising flights from Manchester Airport to Cairo from £273.
easyJet flights from Luxor, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik to the UK have been delayed by a dispute over fuel.
The first flights on easyJet's newest route from Gatwick to Luxor, Egypt took off this week. The low-cost carrier now flies from the UK to three destinations in Egypt:
Low-cost carrier Jet2.com has announced that it will begin flights to Hurghada in Egypt from Manchester Airport.
On 05 August, 2010 easyJet announced that it will start flights to Luxor, Egypt, in November 2010, departing Gatwick twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday. Prices will leading in at £127.81 return including tax.
On 18 August, 2010 Kiss Flights went into administration. The London-based travel company dealt in charter flights to Mediterranean destinations in Greece, Egypt and Turkey as well as the Canary Islands.
Jet2.com launches its 50th destination today - to Egyptian holiday hot-spot Hurghada. They say :
"Flights to the divers paradise, which nestles on Egypt’s Red Sea coast will depart from Manchester airport from 15th October 2010 and go on sale from today priced from just £79.99 per person, one way, including taxes. In addition Jet2holidays is also offering package holidays to the stunning coastal resort, from just £499 per person for 7 nights, on a self-catering basis.
Air Berlin is launching a new customer loyalty programme to enable small and medium-sized companies without large travel budgets to have their own corporate travel programme. The company is credited with business points for every business trip taken by a permanent employee, and business points can be collected on many flights, including flights to Cairo. Air Berlin operates non-stop flights from Berlin/Tegel, Cologne and Munich to Cairo
Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt, was the most-searched for destination, according to search marketing agency Greenlight's analysis of holiday sector searches for October 2009
Low cost carrier easyJet starts flights from Geneva to Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh has been added to the range of destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport, offered by Thomas Cook Airlines.
BA launched a new route, flying three times a week from London Gatwick Airport to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
easyJet's new route from London Luton to Sharm El Sheikh route opens today.
Low-cost carrier Jet2.com is to increase the number of flights it operates from Manchester Airport to Sharm El Sheikh. From the beginning of 2010, the no-frills airline will double the frequency of the service to twice weekly, with flights departing on Thursday and Sunday.
Co-operative Travel reported a 25 per cent spike in holiday bookings to Egypt during May 2009.