Monarch pulls out of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Monarch pulls out of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Monarch has confirmed it is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh for the foreseeable future. 

With no indication from the British government as to when the airport will re-open to flights from the UK, the airline is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings for winter 2016/17 and there are now no plans for the destination to be part of Monarch’s summer 2017 programme.

If the airport is re-opened to UK flights in the future, the airline will re-assess flying there as a new route. 

Monarch customers who have existing flight and holiday bookings can re-book to an alternative Monarch destination, free of charge, or obtain a full refund.

Monarch Group chief executive, Andrew Swaffield, said: “Much hard work has been done by the UK and Egyptian Governments, along with the travel industry, to improve safety measures at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport and it is very disappointing that it remains closed.

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“If and when the airport does reopen then we will assess whether we start flights and holidays again.”

Prior to the closure of the airport, roughly 700,000 Britons visited Sharm El-Sheikh every year, making it a popular and important holiday destination for the UK travel industry.