UNITED KINGDOM – A1travel has announced that they will once again be providing holidays to Egypt’s top resort, Sharm el Sheikh. They are currently preparing a program of hotels, as many of the UK’s top airlines are set to resume flights fro the winter season to the popular holiday destination.
The once incredibly popular get-away spot has taken a huge hit in their tourism trade over the past few months, but this is all set to change as airport security precautions are at an all-time high. All UK airlines were banned from flying to the Egyptian resort at the end of last year, following the bombing of a Russian aircraft on October 31st, 2015.
ISIS stated that the Airbus operated by Russian airline Metroject, crashed following a bomb detonating, which they claimed to have planted aboard the aircraft. The subsequent crash killed all 224 passengers and crew, and as a result on the 4thNovember last year, the UK government issued an announcement that all flights would be suspended to Sharm.
Acting in the best interests of the public, the government action left more than 16,000 Britons stranded in Sharm el Sheikh, who were brought home on a series of rescue flights.
All further decisions about resuming flight schedules to the area were made by the British government, working in conjunction with Egyptian officials. However, given the extent to which security has been heightened in the wake of the incident, it seems that airlines are now being allowed to prepare their hugely popular flight schedules once more.
The Egyptian government have stressed that, while no place in the world is 100% secure, many different levels of security have been implemented in areas depending on the number of tourists likely to enter. For example, the training of airport personnel, and the equipment security have received across the Sharm el Sheikh, have seen significant investment.
Most notably, the level of security in all Egyptian airports, from Luxor to Sharm El-Sheikh, and from Cairo to Marsa Alam, have all improved by 80% compared to the time of the incident. This has no doubt been a significant factor in the government allowing flights to the Sharm once more.
While these incidents are a distressing time for all involved, the government has highlighted that not only has millions been poured into ensuring the safety of those travelling to Sharm el Sheikh for a much needed holiday, but the likelihood of a terrorist attack is very slim.
Of course, many of their most popular attractions are still just as enjoyable as they ever were, which means those wanting to bag themselves a bargain before the prices skyrocket should check out the deals on offer.
The area surrounding the Red Sea is a truly stunning part of the world, with golden sandy beaches for those who want to unwind on a sun lounger, tons of unique marine life for diving enthusiasts, and of course a nightlife teaming with the very best bars and restaurants around.