SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kyiv Boryspil) has announced plans to base an undisclosed number of aircraft out of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh during the Winter 2023/24 season as it pursues new charter and ACMI opportunities.

The Ukrainian carrier plans to operate the two Egyptian bases between October 2023 and March 2024. It is currently seeking commercial partners for the wet lease or charter of its 189-seat B737-800s out of the two Egyptian Red Sea resort towns.

Once an LCC with a strong focus on leisure routes, including tour operator charters, SkyUp transformed into a fully-fledged ACMI/charter specialist in the wake of the war in Ukraine. The airline currently operates two B737-700s and eight -800s (including one via recently launched subsidiary SkyUp MT (U5, Malta International)). It focuses on leisure markets, with most of its aircraft currently serving routes to Greece, Türkiye, and Egypt either on behalf of tour operators or other carriers (except for two aircraft wet-leased to Tunisair for scheduled flights out of Tunis).