Thomas Cook resumes flights to Tunisia

Thomas Cook resumes flights to Tunisia

Travellers left Birmingham Airport on a Thomas Cook flight to Enfidha shortly after 6am this morning, on the first package tour to Tunisia since the Government eased its travel advice.

The FCO advised against all but essential visits following the June 2015 beach attack in which 30 Britons were killed, but this guidance was withdrawn for the majority of the North African country past year.

As soon as the FCO decision was made public, travel agencies like Thomas Cook flew British tourists to Tunisian holiday resorts. Holidaymakers can choose from 10 hotels in the resort of Hammamet and newer Yasmine Hammamet on the north-east coast, as well as Skanes.

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. It is more than six months after the Foreign Office lifted its advice against non-essential travel to the north African country.

Tourists were greeted with flowers, music and dancing after arriving in Tunisia on the first United Kingdom package holiday since the Sousse massacre in 2015. I think I'll pass on that'.

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Peter Fankhauser, the Thomas Cook chief executive, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "People who were boarding our first flight said they were excited to go back".

"Obviously no country is 100% safe". The attack caused the UK Foreign Office to advise against travelling to Tunisia unless it was essential, though it has recently downgraded its warning.

The spokesmen of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) stated that "Tunisia has always been a popular holiday destination for British tourists, offering beach breaks, diverse countryside and the chance to visit Roman ruins, all at good value".

After the mass shooting, terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

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