If you want to go to Egypt, there is some rather good news. EasyJet is to start flights to Luxor from Gatwick. Jane Akshar’s blog tells us:
EasyJet to start Gatwick flight to Luxor – www.travelweekly.co.uk: “Services will depart Gatwick twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday, with passengers bound for the Valley of the Kings and Nile cruises.
At present, only charter carriers serve Luxor. Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch each fly once a week from Gatwick, while charters also operate from Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
EasyJet’s flights will raise capacity sharply.
Its pricing, leading in at £127.81 return including tax, is likely to take business from existing carriers on the route.
When I go to Luxor, I fly that route. EasyJet may be budget, it may be cheap and cheerful. But let me tell you, as one that has flown by the charter airline First Choice (now merged with Thomson) that NOTHING could be as uncomfortable as First Choice. I am by no means the tallest of men (nor, I should add, a rival of Napoleon), but five hours in one of their over-cramped seats was unendurable a second time.
What I want is a carrier that actually allows me to travel in comfort. If EasyJet can manage this, they will wipe the floor with the charter airlines.
Jane Askar also raises the issue of renting a flat in Luxor. This might be rather more comfortable — I don’t know — than staying in hotels such as the Jollie Ville (which is rather shabby in the rooms, despite its reputation). One reason I did not return to Luxor last year was that the memory of the upset stomach of the previous year lingered. Indeed it still lingers, so I probably won’t go this year either. Believe me, it is no fun at all to be afraid to break wind except when sat on the loo!
But how does one eat, if living in a flat?