New flights from Ex­eter to Egypt for trav­ellers seek­ing win­ter sun

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - News - BY WMN RE­PORTER

Win­ter sun seek­ers will soon be able to fly from Ex­eter to Africa if they want to es­cape mis­er­able UK weather.

Tour op­er­a­tor TUI’s win­ter pro­gramme will see 5,000 seats avail­able to book on flights to Hurghada on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

The pack­age hol­i­day firm says cus­tomers will be able to take ad­van­tage of the deal in or­der to stay at their flag­ship re­sorts at the TUI Sen­si­mar Makadi Gar­dens in Hurghada.

TUI UK’s di­rec­tor of avi­a­tion plan­ning Karen Switzer said: “Adding more choice and flex­i­bil­ity for the win­ter 2019 sea­son demon­strates our com­mit­ment to Ex­eter air­port and the lo­cal area.

“We con­tinue to fo­cus on ex­pand­ing ac­cess to our amaz­ing range of hol­i­days through an ex­tended fly­ing pro­gram­ming con­cen­trated on the core destinations that we know our cus­tomers want to visit.”

Ex­eter Air­port’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matt Roach said: “With TUI now of­fer­ing hol­i­days on the Red Sea coast for next win­ter this is won­der­ful news for those look­ing for warmth in the colder months and en­joy the con­ve­nience of de­part­ing from their lo­cal air­port.”

Hol­i­days to Egypt are tak­ing off again fol­low­ing a sev­enyear slump that be­gin in 2011 with the coun­try’s rev­o­lu­tion and the po­lit­i­cal un­rest that fol­lowed.

In 2015, a Rus­sian air­craft fly­ing from an Egyp­tian air­port was also hit by a bomb at­tack, killing the 200 tourists on board.

The UK For­eign Of­fice’s lat­est ad­vice to trav­ellers says there is a height­ened risk of ter­ror­ism against avi­a­tion fly­ing to and from Egypt – but the main air­port they iden­tify as at risk is Sharm el Sheikh. There are cur­rently no flights from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh and the TUI flights from Ex­eter will go into and out of Hurghada where there are no warn­ings about safety in force.

Ear­lier this year the tour op­er­a­tor said it had a seen a re­turn to Egypt as an im­por­tant des­ti­na­tion. TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen said: “Egypt is an im­por­tant des­ti­na­tion, we’ve seen the re­turn of Egypt is quite sig­nif­i­cant.” As well as Hughada, UK flights from other British air­ports also con­tinue into Cairo and Marsa Alam.

The FCO ad­vises against all travel to North Si­nai due to the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and con­tin­ued ter­ror­ist at­tacks on po­lice and se­cu­rity forces that have re­sulted in deaths.

They also ad­vise against all but es­sen­tial travel to the Gov­er­norate of South Si­nai, with the ex­cep­tion of Had­aba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq. They also ad­vise against all but es­sen­tial travel to the

the area west of the Nile Val­ley and Nile Delta re­gions, ex­clud­ing the coastal ar­eas be­tween the Nile Delta and Marsa Ma­truh.

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