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The number of UK travellers to Cyprus rose by more than 8% in 2017 as the island achieved a record-breaking year for tourism.

Numbers from the UK to Cyprus increased to more than 1.25 million from 1.15 million in 2016.

Total visitor arrivals grew by 14.6% to reach 3.6 million in 2017.

July was the most popular month with 176,880 arrivals from the UK out of a total of 531,030.

While August 2017 saw global arrivals fall to 523,651, it was the biggest month for UK visitors at 185,831.

Latest figures from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation for December show the UK and Greece being main sources of winter tourism.

The UK representative of the Egyptian State Tourist Authority says he hopes the resumption of flights to the north African country from Russia will kick start the return of air transport between the UK and Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh.
More than 150 additional weekly flights have been added from the airport for summer 2018. Weekly flights to Malaga will be boosted from 27 to 35, Alicante from 14 to 22 and Faro from 17 to 21, while the airline's summer flights to Tenerife will increase from six per week to 13. Madeira will be bolstered from six to nine per week and Lanzarote will rise from three to five flights per week. All these flights are available for our holidays and are included in the £59pp booking deposit
Thursday, 21 December 2017 06:46

Emirates is to start flying to Dubai from Stansted.

Written by Paul Rollason

Emirates is to start flying to Dubai from Stansted.

Daily flights are planned from June 8, 2018 using three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Stansted will be the seventh UK airport served by the Gulf carrier and the third in the London area after Heathrow and Gatwick.

The aircraft will be configured with six first class seats, 42 in business class and 306 in economy.

This new flight will enable our clients living in east of England and north-east London and the wider 7.5 million population within its catchment area, to enjoy our great holidays around the Arabian Gulf and dubai.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:47

BA announces Heathrow-Kefalonia route

Written by Paul Rollason

The Greek island of Kefalonia is to be served for the first time by British Airways from Heathrow.

Summer-only flights will run twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays between May 15 and October 6.

British Airways owner IAG has bought valuable take-off and landing slots at Gatwick being sold by the administrator of collapsed Monarch in a multi-million pound deal.

IAG has won the bulk of the failed airline’s slots at the UK’s second-busiest airport after submitting a significant bid that trumped rival carriers.

IAG, which also owns  BA, Iberia and Vueling in Spain, is trying  to increase frequencies and add new routes from Gatwick.

18 months after a $31M security upgrade at Sharm el Sheikh Airport was completed, the British government has re-iterated that there has been no change in stance on a flight ban to Sharm el Sheikh despite the Egyptian ambassador calling for British tourists to return to the Red Sea resort.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said “we will resume flights as soon as we can” but that security measures were still under “constant review”.

Nasser Kamel told World Travel Market on Monday that the UK was “lagging behind” other countries in terms of tourism to Egypt because of the lack of access to Sharm, a traditional hotspot for British holidaymakers..

When asked about a date for the resumption of flights to Sharm, he said it was “a question for the UK government” and said the airport had passed all necessary safety assessments.

He went as far as to say that Sharm el Sheikh was safer than some airports in the UK.

Earlier this year, Egyptian officials reportedly said they felt “badly let down” by Britain, a long-standing ally of Egypt’s and one of the biggest source markets of Egyptian tourism until recent years.

Visitor numbers from the UK have slightly recovered on last year, rising to 230,000 in the first nine months of 2017 against 170,000 last year.

But they remain well below their peak of over one million in 2009-2010 and the 750,000 that made the journey in 2014.

Germany, which had cancelled flights to Sharm el Sheikh but has since returned, has sent more than 800,000 tourists to Egypt in the year up to the end of September.

The total number of arrivals to Egypt is expected to pass the eight million mark this year, but that number is much smaller than the 14 million that made the trip in 2010.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “The security of British nationals is our top priority, and we took the decision to suspend flights from Sharm el Sheikh in November 2015 following the Metro Jet crash to protect the travelling public.

“We continue to work closely with the Egyptian authorities on security arrangements at the airport. We keep aviation security under constant review and will resume flights as soon as we can.”

Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:35

EasyJet changes checked-in baggage weight limits

Written by Paul Rollason

EasyJet is altering the weight allowances for checked-in bags.

The standard bag weight is being increased from 20kgs to 23kgs.

A new 15kg bag allowance will be available at a cost of £8.99.

The revised hold luggage options are available online, with prices rising to £13.99 for the 23kgs allowance.

Passengers will continue to be able to pool their total weight allowance if they are travelling with family or friends on the same flight and booking.

People who have already purchased a 20kg for future flights will keep their existing allowance and will still be able to add weight to their bags up to 32kg as per the airline’s prior policy.

The new bag weight allowances only applies to new bookings.

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