Thomas Cook resumes UK flights to Tunisia after Sousse assault | Business

First British holidaymakers since 2015 travel to nation with the tour operator

All of Thomas Cook’s first three flights again to Tunisia have bought out.
Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Thomas Cook has resumed flights from the UK to Tunisia for the primary time since 2015, when 30 Britons had been killed within the Sousse seaside assault.

About 220 holidaymakers flew from Birmingham to Enfidha airport with the tour operator on Tuesday, with the identical quantity boarding a flight from Manchester later within the day. Another flight to Enfidha will depart from Gatwick airport on Wednesday. It is greater than six months after the Foreign Office lifted its recommendation towards non-essential travel to the north African nation.

All three flights had been bought out, with all-inclusive seven-night holidays beginning at £306 per particular person. Holidaymakers can select from 10 lodges within the resort of Hammamet and newer Yasmine Hammamet on the north-east coast, in addition to Skanes. A complete of 14 lodges will probably be out there in the summertime.

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Thomas Cook, certainly one of Europe’s largest tour operators, will add flights from Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne in April and from Stansted in May. It has up to now taken 15,000 UK bookings as much as the tip of the summer season.

A seven-night Easter holiday at a Thomas Cook resort in Tunisia prices about £2,000, in contrast with £three,000 in Gran Canaria.

Thomas Cook has continued to promote holidays in Tunisia to German, French and Belgian holidaymakers, whose governments didn’t warn towards travel to the nation. Last 12 months it flew practically 70,000 individuals to Tunisia, greater than half of them from Germany.

The 12 months earlier than the 2015 terrorist assault in Sousse that claimed 38 lives and left 39 wounded, 430,000 British holidaymakers had travelled to Tunisia with tour operators.

Peter Fankhauser, the Thomas Cook chief govt, instructed BBC Radio four’s Today programme: “People who were boarding our first flight said they were excited to go back.”

Having obtained suggestions from the vacationers upon their arrival in Tunisia, he mentioned: “They don’t feel they are in a military zone and feel they can enjoy their holidays.”

Tui, the operator with whom the British victims of the assault had travelled, mentioned final month it might resume journeys to Tunisia from May.

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