British holidaymakers are returning to Egypt in droves
this year, according to the Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2018.
The giant tour operator has sold 89% more holidays to Egypt than at the same point in 2017, The Independent newspaper reported.
The increase in numbers to Egypt means visitor numbers to the Red Sea are now close to where they were for Thomas Cook in 2015.
On October 31, 2015, a Russian holiday flight crashed shortly after take-off from the main resort, Sharm el Sheikh, killing 224 passengers and crew.
Five days after the tragedy, the UK government banned British airlines from operating to and from Sharm el Sheikh.
For the past two years, the British Foreing Office travel advice has read: “The UK government will continue working with the Egyptian authorities to enable regular flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh to resume.
“We are also liaising with travel companies so that they are able to resume flights and holidays in Sharm el Sheikh as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place.”
Because of the continuing ban, most British tourists stay in Hurghada and Marsa Alam, on the opposite shore of the Red Sea.
Thomas Cook said that 51% of bookings for Egypt are for families.
The company said: “Clearly, the nation’s appetite for sunshine at a fair price fuels our demand to revisit these old favourites.”