British Airways will begin flying from Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from September 2015.

Holidaymakers will be able to choose from two flights a week to the diving holiday hotspot. Flights will increase to three times a week during the winter months offering even more options and flexible flying times.

This new route follows a recent announcement that the airline will also start flying from Gatwick to Seville in Spain, Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and Funchal in Madeira.

Colm Lacy, Head of Commercial Gatwick, said: “We’re really pleased to add another route to our 2015 portfolio on top of the 11 Gatwick routes we’ve recently announced, bringing our total short-haul network to 45 routes and 18 long-haul.

“Sharm El Sheikh is only five hours away and it’s a popular choice with families, and a favourite with divers thanks to the crystal clear waters”.

Customers will also benefit from competitive fares, starting from £219 return, including taxes and charges, and return hand baggage only fares starting from £199, including taxes and charges.

Flights to Sharm El Sheikh will operate on British Airways’ fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft from Gatwick.