helping you to enjoy your Luxor holiday
|Flights Direct to Luxor.
This chart describes the current situation. Please check the front page of this web site for information about how the political situation has affected flights.
(There are no longer any flights from Birmingham)
|Cosmos / Monarch / Avro (whichever of these you book through you will get a Monarch plane)||No flights since mid 2013
No Flights of their own, but book a Thomas Cook holiday and you will fly Thomson
|No flights since spring 2013||No flights since spring 2013|
|Thomson / First Choice. Flights resumed March 2014||Wednesdays||Wednesdays|
|easyJet||No flights since mid 2013|
|Egyptair / BMI (Despite the takeover of BMI by British Airways, BMI still operate the Heathrow - Luxor service jointly with Egyptair)||Mondays|
|Egyptair / BMI / British Airways to Cairo (Following the takeover of BMI by British Airways, services may be provided by either BMI or BA. You may fly out with one and return with the other. Neither British Airways nor BMI operate a Cairo - Luxor service, so if you want to go to Luxor via Cairo you will need to book an Egyptair flight to complete the journey)||Daily to Cairo||Daily to Cairo except Monday and Wednesday. (Started 1st June 2013)|
None of the low cost airlines flew to Luxor until 2010, when easyJet started a service (from November 3rd 2010). It went from Gatwick on Wednesdays (except in the middle of summer - see table) and returned on the same days of the week. In the winter there were also Monday flights. However, flights stopped altogether in mid 2013 and easyJet have not indicated that they will resume.
The flights were 'no frills', but as the charter flights are a bit crushed with payments for extras, and getting more like 'no frills' airlines than they used to be, easyJet was certainly worth thinking about and was our airline of choice for London - Luxor flights when it operated. Their leg room is much better than the charters. If you can be very flexible with your dates you can find really good ticket prices.
'Full-frills' scheduled flights are generally more comfortable and you get free meals and drinks, but they may be more expensive than charter and 'no-frills' flights.
Egyptair and BMI still codeshare the only scheduled direct flights from the UK to Luxor. They fly from London Heathrow (terminal 3 until early 2014 when they moved to terminal 2). The frequency of fights can vary through the year. For much of the year there are only direct flights on Mondays from London. When this flight is full, and for the rest of the week, you will be offered a flight via Cairo from London (or Manchester via Cairo since June 2013). Egyptair still share these services with BMI in spite of the take over of BMI by BA.
Other scheduled airlines fly to Cairo, possibly with another European stopover, but only Egyptair fly from Cairo to Luxor. If you want to go to Cairo for a day or two en route to Luxor, British Airways, Iberia, KLM and Al Italia are amongst your options as far as Cairo, in addition to Egyptair.
Now that the no-frills and charter airlines charge for baggage, you may wish to consider the amount you can take, and the cost per bag, alongside the ticket price when choosing an airline.
This chart illustrates the different baggage allowances of the no-frills and charter airlines flying to Luxor from the UK. We check these figures from time to time, but do check your ticket or with the airline before you fly to make sure there has not been a recent change. The numbers relate to basic allowances per adult for Luxor flights when booked online. They may be different for shorter and longer flights, flights booked as part of a package holiday and flights booked via a call centre or shop. For example, on some package holidays you get 15Kg included in the package price, whereas flight-only tickets sold by the same company usually exclude baggage or sell you an allowance of 20Kg. Additional allowances can usually be bought.
Most of this chart is academic, as Thomson are the only charter company still offering flights to Luxor!
|Baggage allowances and costs (flight-only when booked online. Package holiday allowances may be different)|
Checked-in Baggage (each way)
|Airline||Max size (cm) ¹||Weight||Penalty °||Cost||Weight||Excess per Kg|
|easyJet ³||50x40x20 ¤||any ²||£25 †||£17||20Kg||£11|
|Monarch ³||56x40x25||5kg||£50||*||15Kg ×||£15|
|Thomson ³||55x40x20||5kg||15Kg ⊃||£12|
|T Cook ³||55x40x20||5kg||£32||£16||20Kg||£15|
¹ This is the size of the box into which the case must fit, so it includes wheels and handles.
² There is no hand baggage weight limit with easyJet. They just say that you have to be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker yourself. But they are very fussy about size, so check carefully and make sure you include wheels and handles within the measurement.
³ Click the blue name to go to the airline's relevant information page to check for updates.
¤ This is the size to guarantee that the bag travels with you in the cabin. The previous maximum of 56x45x25 still applies if the flight is not busy; if you have a special seat (e.g. extra legroom) and in some other circumstances. Check this page on their website for a full description. If you take the bigger size and there is not room for it because the flight is busy, the bag will go in the hold.
° and your bag will be put in the hold.
† rises to £40 if it is intercepted at the boarding gate
* may vary depending on the agency you book through
× often quoted as 20Kg including hand baggage: i.e. 15Kg hold baggage plus 5Kg hand baggage.
⊃ as part of a Thomson package. 20Kg for £48 return if you are flight-only
If you are travelling flight-only and arranging your hotel separately, and if they resume Luxor flights, easyJet is a good option if you can fit all your luggage into a 55cm case. You will not then need to check in any baggage. Be aware, though, that you will also not be able to take anything that is forbidden by airport security, such as sprays, liquids in bottles more than 100ml or even nail clippers!
One of the worst bits about any holiday is waiting around in the departure lounge for the flight to be called.
It isn't so bad for first class passengers, who have special lounges. But not all is lost, as some lounges are available to all travellers, including people travelling on charter flights. You just have to buy a lounge pass.
Lounges usually offer free drinks (soft, hot and alcoholic), free snacks, newspapers, magazines and internet. Check the specific lounge for details, but most of these are available at most lounges and most if not all of these perks are usually free. A couple of drinks, a snack and a wi-fi connection would cost a fair bit in the departure terminal, so getting all these free results in savings which reduce the effective cost of the lounge.
You have to wear smart casual dress (no shorts, baseball caps etc) and there are often restrictions on children and larger groups, so again, check the specifics for each lounge.
You can sometimes book into the lounge just by turning up, as long as they are not full, but it will cost a little more (typically 20% more). To be more certain of admission, and save some money, you can book in advance.
The cost to use lounges varies from one to another, but at the major airports expect to pay around £20 - £25 if you just turn up or £16 - £20 if you book in advance.
Web sites such as Lounge Pass list available lounges in the UK and abroad, tell you the costs and let you book in advance at a discount compared with the 'turn up' price.
updated October 2014