February 15, 2011
pair's Egypt holiday could be cut short by airline
Burnham-On-Sea couple who are on holiday in Egypt have this week
spoken of their anger at an airline's plans to cut their trip
short due to the political unrest over recent weeks.
Retired businessman Peter O'Reilly and his partner Jacquie Chorley,
pictured, are in Sharm el Sheikh and told Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Tuesday that they are "furious" that their £2,000
holiday may be cut short due to Jet2's plans to suspend services
to the Red Sea resort.
They are enjoying a month-long winter break after jetting out
from Leeds-Bradford Airport last Friday.
The couple were due to return home on March 4th but the airline
has told them to get a flight home with Jet2 on February 25th.
It said the "safety and comfort of our customers is our
number one priority" and pledged to refund bookings.
Peter, who is staying at the four-star Oriental Resort Hotel in
Nabq Bay, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a ridiculous situation.
The Foreign office has advised against travel to Cairo, but the
Red Sea is still completely safe and there are no problems here."
"We feel gutted that this is happening after looking forward
to this holiday for many months. Jacquie is obviously very disappointed
"There were a number of empty seats on the flight out and
I think they are more concerned about that than anything else."
A spokeswoman for Jet2.com said: "Due to the ongoing state
of civil and political unrest in Egypt, Jet2 and Jet2holidays
have suspended flight services and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh
and Hurghada from March 1st."
"Whilst the Red Sea resorts are not currently affected,
the safety and comfort of our customers is our number one priority,
and as such we do not want them to face the stressful uncertainty
of whether their holiday will go ahead as planned."
"Customers will automatically receive a full refund for
the cost of their flights or holiday, plus a discount off a new
booking. Jet2 and Jet2holidays will replace the suspended Egypt
programme with additional flights and holidays to Spain and Portugal
adding 70,000 seats across a number of its bases."