Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight to Hurghada, Egypt, departs from East Midlands Airport today.
Thomas Cook Airlines carry 400,000 customers to and from East Midlands Airport to 18 European destinations each year and has two A321 aircraft based permanently at the airport.
The five-hour, 15-minute direct flight operates weekly on a Friday on the Airbus A321 today until April 27th.
Flights increase to twice weekly (adding Tuesday) from November 2018 for the winter season.
Henry Sunley, commercial director at Thomas Cook Airlines said: “We are thrilled to add flights from East Midlands Airport to Hurghada this winter season.
“Across the UK we have increased our seat capacity by 14 per cent to Egypt this year, flying to both Hurghada and Marsa Alam.”
The inaugural flight is fully booked.
Heidi Barlow, head of marketing at East Midlands Airport, said, “It’s great news that we can offer passengers the opportunity to return to Egypt, where winter sunshine and warmth is guaranteed.
“Passengers tell us they want more routes and a wider selection of destinations all year round, and so we’re proud to be able to deliver this.”