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Thomson Airways extends cancellation of Sharm flights

Thomson Airways has extended its cancellation of all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least March.

The Government suspended flights to Sharm on November 4 after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed, killing 224 people.

Islamic State jihadis claimed responsibility for bombing the jet.

No flights have operated between the UK and Sharm since November 17 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel using the Red Sea resort's airport.

  • Thomson Airways announced on Wednesday that it has cancelled flights up to at least March 23
  • EasyJet has confirmed the same action up to February 29.
  • British Airways has said it will not operate flights to the Egyptian resort until after February 13 at the earliest
  • Monarch services are suspended up to January 24.

The FCO travel advice states that the UK is working with the Egyptian authorities and liaising with travel companies to enable flights to resume "as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place".


Midlands holiday getaway expected

Spain is the top destination for people flying out of the East Midlands Credit: Marcel Kusch/DPA/Press Association Images

Around a 120,000 people are expected to fly out of Midlands airports on holiday this weekend.

It is predicted that around 55,000 will use East Midlands Airport, which is a rise of around 5% on the same period in 2012.

The top destinations this summer are Palma, Alicante and Malaga.

66,000 people are expected also to use Birmingham Airport.


Boxing Day turns into booking day

As many as 20% of holidaymakers are set to start their search for a getaway break today.

A survey found that more people are putting a foreign holiday at the top of their spending priorities than last year.

In a similar poll last year, just a third of people said an overseas break was their main priority whereas this year 47% have put an overseas trip at the top of their list.

Travel agent Thomas Cook, who conducted the research predicts that the most popular short-haul package holiday destination for summer 2013 will be Turkey, followed by Spain's Balearic and Canary islands.

Possible teacher strike action over shorter summer holidays

The prospect of more strike action from teachers in Nottingham schools is possible after the National Union of Teachers (NUT) rejected the Council's proposals to change school holidays.

The changes would mean that term dates would alter, making the summer holiday shorter.

Something over 73% of teachers are opposed to and 70% are willing to take strike action over.

The Council are due to meet tomorrow to make the final decision to decide whether they will make the changes.

“The NUT will now continue to campaign against changes to the terms dates and holiday patterns. This may include the continuance of the strike action which was suspended during the summer term.”

“The NUT calls on the Council not to implement the proposed changes and to get back into meaningful negotiations to try and achieve an agreed resolution to the dispute.”

– Ian Stevenson, NUT Regional Secretary

Bowen's Travel goes bust, full report

Almost 400 people have lost their jobs after a Midlands holiday company went into administration.

The Bowen Travel Group has 38 high street stores, and a fleet of 138 coaches. It had branches in the West Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, with its head office in Loughborough.

Fifty-five members of staff have been kept on to fulfil the company's obligations.

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