Thomas Cook Cancels Planned Flights to Sharm for 2017 

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In light of the UK Foreign Office's continuing refusal to remove the travel warning for Sharm El Sheikh airport, Thomas Cook has announced plans to cancel all planned flights to Sharm El Sheikh for the remainder of 2017 and as far ahead as summer 2018. Resident Instructor Daniel Stokes shares his thoughts on diving in Sharm this year

As we look forward to what is already shaping up to be an incredible diving summer in Sharm we also have to face the fact that there won't be any direct flights from the UK to go with it.

Whatever the reasons, the reality is that we will likely only have indirect options for UK guests this year and possibly even into 2018.

Happily, guests that have taken the alternate routes in the last 18 months universally agree that they are not so bad (actually in some cases better than the direct budget carriers), and that the journey is more than compensated by the wonderful diving.

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Gordon Reef almost deserted save for a single dive boat and the wreck of the Louilla (Picture: Daniel Stokes Diving)

The resort really appreciates any Brit that has visited or has plans to in these times. The daily diving still remains unbeatable.

As an update to this earlier article, the two UK tour operators that did have plans for 2017 are now as follows:

Thomson states that it has had to implement a ‘cancellation of all outbound flights up to and including 30 September 2017’, but are currently offering flights and packages for sale after this date 'subject to timely FCO advice change.'

Thomas Cook UK has gone further and has now 'removed Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from our Winter 2017/18 and Summer 2018 holiday and flight programmes.'

If you're thinking about visiting this year, please DON'T wait for direct flights. Start looking at the options, ask questions, and consider taking advantage of the unprecedented quiet.

The best travel options for visitors from the UK remain Pegasus and Turkish Air via Istanbul. The shortest route is via EgyptAir via Cairo, but the national carrier comes at an additional price and only flies from Heathrow. According to Daniel, Turkish offer a package which includes 20kg of luggage plus a free dive bag, food and drinks and even a free city tour of Istanbul for layovers of 6 hours or more. The travel advice from other countries remains unchanged from Daniel's previous article, with the addition of scheduled flights now available from Denmark.



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