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Red Sea Holidays Immediately Offering Direct Flights to Sharm

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Sharm El Sheikh will see direct flights from the UK for the first time in 4 years (Photo: Shutterstock)

Specialist Egypt travel operator Red Sea Holidays has begun offering direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh, less than 12 hours after the announcement by the UK government that it has lifted the ban on travel to Sharm El Sheikh airport.

Direct flights from the UK to Egypt's most popular scuba diving resort had been suspended since the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner which killed all 224 passengers and crew shortly after departure from Sharm. Since then, most countries that implemented a suspension on travel to Sharm have reinstated flights to Sharm airport - which also serves as a port of entry for Dahab 80km to the north - save the UK and Russia.

The new flights will be provided by Enter Air, a Polish company, who have already added extra services to Hurghada following the demise of Thomas Cook earlier in October.

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Polish airline Enter Air will provide the first direct flights from the UK to Sharm (Photo: Enter Air/Facebook)

The news will almost certainly be welcomed by dive operators in the beleaguered Sinai resort, as British tourists were, until 2015, the second-largest contingent of visitors to Sharm after Russian holidaymakers. While the resort has recovered immensely in the intervening years, much of the marine tourism has been centred around snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours rather than scuba diving.

DIVE contacted the Red Sea Holidays office and confirmed that the first direct flight from London Gatwick to Sharm will take place on 22 December. The agent we spoke to suggested it was likely that the route would be extended to other UK airports in the future. We were unable to get any further details because the rest of the staff were overrun with enquiries about holidays in Sharm El Sheikh!

For more information or to make a booking visit www.redseaholidays.co.uk

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