TUI relaunches flights to top winter sun spot that were scrapped during Covid | The Sun

AN airline has relaunched flights to a holiday hotspot that was once popular with Brit tourists.

The little-known holiday resort in Egypt is the latest new destination for the tour operator.

Set in the south of Egypt, Marsa Alam is around 200 miles from Hurghada.

The winter sun destination has yet to become as popular as other more well-known tourist spots in Egypt, such as Sharm el Sheikh.

TUI first scrapped flights to the resort town in 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the airline relaunched flights to Marsa Alam earlier this month.

Flights to the Egyptian airport resumed on November 2, 2023.

Two weekly flights depart from London Gatwick to Marsa Alam on Thursdays and Sundays, with a flight time of 5 hours and 30 minutes.

The weather in Marsa Alam is warm throughout the year, but holidaymakers can expect highs of 27C in November.

In addition to the new flights, there are also plenty of resorts for holidaymakers to choose from, including the Wadi Sabarah Lodge.

The Wadi Sabarah Lodge is home to a total of 46 rooms and three suites.

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While each of the rooms has an en-suite, some of them come with either a sea view or a balcony.

Other features include an infinity pool, meditation and massage sessions, an on-site restaurant called Tamarisk, and a diving centre.

Or there is the Jaz Grand Marsa resort, which starts from £1035pp on an all-inclusive basis, also with transfers and luggage.

Other all-inclusive resorts include the Hilton Marsa Alam and the Albatros Sea World Marsa Alam.

Sun Online Travel have found packages starting from £1,100 per person in November and December, while flight-only deals starting at around £170 for a one-way ticket.

Richard Sofer, Commercial Director for TUI UK, previously said: "We’re extremely excited to start taking guests to Marsa Alam.

"Egypt is an incredible holiday destination and great value, and I’m thrilled that we’re now able to give visitors the opportunity to discover a whole new region of the country."

Despite the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which borders Egypt, destinations such as Marsa Alam, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, and El Gouna remain safe for travel.

Travel is only advised against along the Egypt-Libya border and the Egypt-Israel border.

Earlier this year, low-budget airline Ryanair announced that it was adding seven new routes from its three London airports.

The seven new routes include Belfast, Basel, Ouarzazate in Morocco, Poprad in Slovakia, Tirana, Treviso, and Vigo.

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The budget airline will also add more flights to 30 other routes that it operates out of Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick.

Meanwhile, this new European airline is launching new flights next year.

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