Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Tunisia back on the map for Thomas Cook tours

UK removes ban on Tunisia Thomas Cook resumes service to Tunisia
Sammy Stanley | 15 February, 2018, 15:25

Three full planes, each carrying 220 passengers, are flying to Enfidha this week after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office eased its travel advice.

Thomas Cook's CEO, Peter Fankhauser stated that his company will be operating three flights on a weekly basis, one from Gatwick, another from Manchester, and the third from Birmingham.

Demand was reportedly even higher than this the following year, until the Sousse attack - in which gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed a total of 38 tourists.

Thomas Cook began sales to United Kingdom customers in August.

The company suspended its services in the north African country following the terrorist attack in Sousse-El Kantaoui in June 2015 in which 30 British holidaymakers died.

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As a result Thomas Cook resumed Tunisian holiday sales to United Kingdom customers and flight MT1800 set off from Birmingham to Hammamet/Enfidha at 6.05am today.

United Kingdom government advice warning against travel to Tunisia was withdrawn in July but this is the first time a major British tour company has returned.

Thomas Cook resumed holiday sales to United Kingdom customers in August, with trips beginning today.

Until previous year it had advised against all but essential travel to the country.

The attack caused the UK Foreign Office to advise against travelling to Tunisia unless it was essential, though it has recently downgraded its warning. "So it's no surprise that it is proving popular once again".

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