Thomas Cook airline and travel agency has announced that they will continue its ban on flights to Sharm el Sheikh until October 31st.
Thomas Cook Extends Sharm El Sheikh Ban https://t.co/YhqJUNiUh2
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The move comes after the Russian Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed soon after leaving the Red Sea resort in October, with all 224 innocents aboard the flight losing their lives.
Early in the morning on October 31 Metrojet Flight 9268, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, disintegrated above the northern Sinai in Egypt after flying from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, Egypt, en route to Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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A statement from the firm said: “We appreciate that this may be frustrating for our customers who have been looking forward to their holiday and we would like to assure them that we are doing our upmost to ensure they are still able to enjoy a Thomas Cook holiday.”
But it has confirmed that the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth office (FCO) remains unchanged, and therefore it is extending its own ban.
The FCO advice is not to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh unless it is absolutely essential. That advice has implications not just for tour operators but for travel insurance too.
Thomas Cook said that as there was “no clear indication as to when the FCO travel advice may change”, it had taken the decision to cancel all bookings to Sharm el Sheikh up to and including Monday 31 October 2016.