Thomas Cook announces extension of cancellations to Sharm el Sheikh until the autumn
The holiday giant Thomas Cook, which would normally fly more than 4,000 passengers to the Sinai resort over a summer, this week confirmed it is extending the current cancellation of flights to Sharm until the end of October. It had stopped flights until 25 May following the downing of a Russian passenger jet last year and a Foreign Office warning about security at the airport.
The company said the Foreign Office advice had not changed and there was ‘no clear indication’ of when it would, so this will now be extended to 31 October.
The company said: ‘We appreciate that this may be frustrating for our customers.’
The Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh.
Other operators have also stopped flights to Sharm el Sheikh.
EasyJet has already suspended flights to the resort until 27 May. Due to reduced demand it has also stopped trips from Manchester, Luton and Gatwick until October. It plans to resume flights from Stansted on 29 May should the Foreign Office travel advice change.
Thomson last month said it had cancelled trips to Sharm up to 25 May and also made changes to a number of flights and hotels for holidays booked up until the end of October.
Monarch last month said its cancellations had been extended until 18 April. It is due to provide a further update next week.
British Airways has already said it is not operating flights until at least 15 September.
See our earlier report on how to fly to Sharm via non-direct routes.