Egyptian tourism suffers another blow as Thomas Cook announces they will not be resuming trips to Sharm el-Sheikh during the 2017 summer season.
According to Travel Weekly UK, the notable Thomas Cook travel company has ruled out resuming its trips to Sharm El Sheikh for the summer of 2017. The decision comes as fears over terrorism continue to grow, while a ban on flights from the UK to Sharm El Sheikh Airport continues to persist.
Just six weeks ago, Monarch Airlines cancelled all of their flights and holiday bookings to Sharm El Sheikh. Additionally, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK continues to advise against "all but essential" travel by air to Sharm El Sheikh.
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland managing director, Chris Mottershead has said, “Over the last few months, people have regularly asked me when Thomas Cook hopes to resume trips to Sharm el Sheikh from the UK." He clarified the fact that, “the decision ultimately rests with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office which issues expert security advice for UK travellers."
Mottershead says that they have had no indication that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will advise a resumption of flights to Sharm El Sheikh anytime soon. He confirmed, however, that the company will continue to offer holidays to "the popular and growing resort town of Hurghada on the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt."