150 tourists arrive in Luxor from London
Hundreds of tourists watch sun alignment on Holy of Holies in Luxor's Karnak temple Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015- YOUM7/Ahmed Marei

CAIRO: As many as 150 tourists arrived in Luxor Wednesday aboard a charter flight coming from London, official at Luxor airport was quoted by Al Ahram.

The tourists, who booked with the UK-based Thomson, checked in for several Nile cruises for a six-night travel package that includes main points of interest in Luxor and Aswan, said Bekhit Khairy, Public Relations Director at Luxor International Airport.

The flight is the second by Thomson in March, Khairy said, adding that the travel agency is scheduled to operate another charter flight to Luxor later this month.

As a result of a plane crash on October 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai region that claimed the lives of all 224 passengers, UK carriers have suspended flights to and from Sharm al Sheikh Airport until further notice in accordance with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) advice.

On March 9, tour company Thomas Cook has cancelled all bookings to Sharm al Sheikh until November, extending a travel ban that began when the government suspended flights following the crash.

During the past few months, former Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazoua has launched several promotion campaigns to restore the country’s second most important source of hard currency.

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