Easyjet has announced a new year-round route from London Luton to Egypt’s capital.

This will be the first time that the low-cost carrier will operate to Cairo, with existing routes to Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt.

The three-times-weekly service will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning on 31 October, 2023.

This comes after competitor WizzAir announced plans to launch a three-times-weekly service from Luton to Giza in Cairo on 30 October.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said:

“We are delighted to be launching flights for the very first time to Cairo which further strengthens our unrivalled short-haul network from the UK and this continues to demonstrate our confidence in the resilient strength of demand for travel from the UK.

“The new route from London Luton to this iconic destination further expands the choice we are offering our customers, provides greater connectivity to the city to support inbound tourism and business travel alike.”

Jonathan Rayner, chief commercial officer at London Luton Airport added:

“We are delighted that easyJet has chosen London Luton Airport to launch its flights to Cairo. As the Egyptian capital, Cairo is home to some truly iconic landmarks and is sure to be a destination of choice for passengers travelling from LLA. This is an exciting new addition to our departure boards and underlines our commitment to providing even greater choice as part of the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer.”

The airline also announced plans to resume its route from London Southend to the Spanish city of Alicante from 29 October, 2023. EasyJet previously flew to Alicante between April 2012 and August 2020, flying more than 850,000 passengers during that period.

The twice-weekly year-round service, taking place on Thursdays and Sundays, will mark the seventh destination served by the airline from London Southend, alongside Malaga, Palma, Faro, Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris.