Discover Egypt reports that the first flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow to Luxor, since the suspension of flights on January 29, took off on schedule this morning (February 28)

The company's director, Philip Breckner, who flew out last night to welcome the first passengers arriving this afternoon, said: “The good numbers on these first flights back into Luxor show the resilience of British holidaymakers and the popularity of Egypt as a destination. There is no other destination that can match Egypt’s timeless appeal and unique historical sites.

“The support that the trade has given Egypt is immense and with March being one of the peak month for travellers to Egypt, we are pleased to report that our forward bookings are looking healthy, showing the faith the trade has in the destination as a safe holiday option for their clients.”

The operator is featuring five-star Nile cruises from £599 per person out of Manchester and from £699 out of Gatwick and Heathrow for departures in March and early April. The price includes flights, a seven-night cruise on full board basis with ten guided excursions plus transfers in resort.

Cruises start and end in Luxor and highlights include the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the Pharaohs including Tutankhamen, the Valley of the Queens, the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the High Dam at Aswan and the Unfinished Obelisk.

For more information call 0844-880 0461 or visit www.discoveregypt.co.uk

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